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Contents SOCIETY 4 Advertising Index 5 Suffolk Sheep Society Council 6 Society Team 7 Branch Chairmen and Secretaries 8 Club Chairmen and Secretaries 11 President’s Address 13 Message from the Chief Executive

BRANCHES 123 Midland & Eastern 127 Northern Counties of England 129 Scottish Area 131 Northern Ireland 133 South East 135 South of Ireland 139 Western Area

ARTICLES 15 Farmer Focus 19 Lower Hope 23 Powerline Flock wins Most Improved 27 Genetic Gain in the Suffolk Breed 31 Soluble Glass Bolus 32. Nematodirus in Lambs 35 Consurso, Pola de Laviana 37 British Wool Marketing Board 38 Obituaries SHOWS 41 Royal Ulster 45 Three Counties 49 Suffolk Championships, Gorey 53 Royal Highland 57 Great Yorkshire 61 Royal Welsh 65 National Flock Competition

CLUBS 141 Border 143 Central & West Scotland 147 Dyfed 149 East Down 151 Eastern 153 Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties 156 Midland 157 North Antrim & East Londonderry 159 North East Scotland 161 North West 163 Shropshire & Montgomery 165 Tayside 167 Welsh Borders 169 West Country 173 Donegal 175 Eastern Suffolk 177 County Wexford 179 Flanders

SALES 69 National at Shrewsbury 77 Stirling 85 Ballymena 89 Roscrea 95 Carlisle 99 Builth 101 Kelso 106 Sales Averages 109 Female Sales 121 Hazeltree Dispersal

BREEDERS DIRECTORY 181 England 184 Scotland 186 Wales 187 Northern Ireland 187 South of Ireland 189 Europe 191 National Flock Competition 192 Conditions of Entry 194 Photographic Competiton 199 Events

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Advertising Index Breeding Advertisers

Industry Advertisers

Breeder

Flock

Page

Bailey, Tom & Jeff.

Baileys

126

AB Europe

Barbour, I & J

Solwaybank

104

Bimeda

30

Beacom, G C

Lakeview

154

British Wool Marketing Board

36

Beacom, Troup & DeRooke

Malinhead

12

Charles Stanley

94

Brown, Scott

Capielaw

108

Harrison & Hetherington

134

Buckley, S J

Sitlow

146

J G Animal Health

138

Donnelly, Patrick

Donrho

162

John Swan Limited

14

Duffy, Eamonn

Kells

MacGregor Photography

18

Duncan, Stewart

Pennan

137

Norbrook

64

Evans, Myfyr A

Rhaeadr

172

Signet

28

Fowlie, Irene

Essie

166

Show Winners

148

Holmes, C J

Rookery

190

Shrewbury Auction Centre

150

Hume, Robyn

Easyrams

189

Smyths Daleside Feeds

125

Lilburn Estates Farming P’ship

Roseden

26

Straker Chadwick

10

Nelson, Caroline

Rosepark

142

United Auctions

177

Nicholson, Garth

Knockem

180

Wright Marshall

40

O’Connor, Sean

Islandmore

Pinny, Messrs M J R & J A

Alloaks

60

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22

176 Gransha

Three Nations Vanwijnsberghe, Claude

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Shropshire & Montgomery Club Stewart, Joe

Industry Advertisers

168 34

Meierie

120

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Suffolk Sheep Society Council 2015 Chairman Northern Scotland Ron Greig South Tillydesk, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8SY t: +44 (0) 1358 720 955 m: +44 (0) 7721 577 641 e: rgreig71z@btinternet.com

Vice Chairman South of Scotland William Fleming Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 5QH t: +44 (0) 1555 860 622 m: +44 (0) 7870 154 756 e: hillend2@btinternet.com

President West Midland and Monmouthshire Michael Weaver Challacombe House, Perrinpit Road, Frampton, Cotterell, Glos BS36 2AT t: +44 (0) 1454 772 126 m: +44 (0) 7980 503 997 e: weaverperrinpit@aol.com

President Elect John Christie West Carse Farm Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 3AE t: +44 (0) 1786 860 543 m: +44 (0) 7905 286 332 e: dianechristie963@aol.com

Past President Sheila Eggleston Highfield House, 198 Six Hills Road Walton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough Leicestershire, LE12 8JF t: +44 (0) 1509 880 562 m: +44 (0) 7721 458 521 e: stepheneggleston@hotmail.co.uk

South of Ireland Stephen Govin Mayo Abbey, Claremorris, Co. Mayo t: +353 (0) 94 9360 172 m: +353 (0) 87 9160 421 e: stephen991@gmail.com

South of Ireland Anne Mitchell Cross, Menlough Ballinasloe Co. Galway, Eire t: +353 (0) 90 9684 759 m: +353 (0) 86 2428 554 e: annemitchell@eircom.net

Northern England (South) Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3QR t: +44 (0) 1262 673 043 m: +44 (0) 7932 176 626 e: geoffriby@btconnect.com

North England (Northern) Jane Soulsby 1 Williamsgill Cottages Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1SW t: +44 (0) 1768 362 476 m: +44 (0) 7980 641 709 e: soulsbyjane@gmail.com

Midlands and Eastern Counties Geoff Biddulph Dalehouse Farm, Gawsworth, Nr Macclesfield Cheshire, SK11 9QJ t: +44 (0) 1625 424 284 m: +44 (0) 7913 311 172 e: g.biddulph2@o2.co.uk

South East Diana Lindon Wymbleton Farm Henfold Lane, S Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4NX t: +44 (0) 1306 888 581 m: +44 (0) 7786 376 726 e: diana_lindon@hotmail.co.uk

South West Simon Faux Culleys Farm Clench Common Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 4NZ t: +44 (0) 1672 513 102

Wales excl. Monmouthshire Nigel Towns Woodfield, Amroth, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8PR t: +44 (0) 1834 831 218 m: +44 (0) 7831 475 557 e: nigeltowns@amroth.plus.com

Northern Ireland Ivan Porter 17 Glenhead Road, Moneyslane Ballyward, Castlewellan, Co. Down, BT31 9PY t: +44 (0) 2840 650 519 m: +44 (0) 7990 956 245 e: ivanporter@btinternet.com

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Suffolk Sheep Society Team Chief Executive & Breed Secretary

Accountant

Dr Lewis McClinton t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2739 e: lewismcc@suffolksheep.org

Dafferns LLP One Eastwood, Harry Weston Road, Binley Business Park, Coventry, CV3 2UB

Senior Office Administrator

Export Contact

Mrs Jeanette van der Merwe t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e: jeanette@suffolksheep.org

Mike Adams t: +44 (0) 1454 261 072 m: +44 (0) 7909 924 528 e: mikeadams@warners-court.com

Personal Assistant

The Suffolk Sheep Society

Mrs Orla Butler t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e: orla@suffolksheep.org

Unit 19, Ballymena Business Centre Fenaghy Road, Ballymena Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland BT42 1FL

If you want to join the Society call this number: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 A Company Limited by Guarantee, No. 22684 Charity No: 211348 OSCR No: SC043459 Š Suffolk Sheep Society

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The 2015 Suffolk Year Book was printed in March 2015. Print run 3,000 copies. 1,500 copies issued directly to members and associate sheep producers in the UK, ROI and EU. The balance circulated via events and enquiries to the office.

All prices and information are correct at time of going to press.

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this publication, no responsibility can be accepted for any errors, omissions or any reliance on use of information by readers.

Designed and printed by Antrim Printers, Steeple Industrial Estate, Antrim, Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 9442 8053

For more information about Suffolk Sheep or the Society contact the Society Office at the contact details listed above.

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Branch Chairmen & Secretaries North of England Branch Chairman: Geoff Riby t: +44 (0) 1262 673 043 m: +44 (0) 7932 176 626 e: geoffriby@btconnect.com Secretary: Michael Armstrong, Town Head Farm, Walton, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2DJ t: +44 (0) 1697 741825 e: michael.armstrong@borderway.com

South of Ireland Branch Chairman: John P Screene t: +353 (0) 90 9684 732 m:+353 (0) 87 2693 678 e: jscreene@gmail.com Secretary: Anne Mitchell, Cross, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Eire. t: +353 (0) 86 25 28554 f: +353 (0) 90 96 84834 e: annemitchell@eircom.net

Midlands and Eastern Counties Branch Chairman: Ray Woolway t: +44 (0) 1487 840 256 m: +44 (0) 7971 575 532 e: woolways@talk21.com Secretary: Liz Needham, Forge Cottage, Belvoir, Grantham, Lincs NG32 1PF, t: +44 (0) 1476 870 223 m: +44 (0) 7779 788 245 e:lizneedham@btinternet.com

Northern Ireland Branch Chairman: Lesley Liggett t: +44 (0) 2882 831 560 m:+44 (0) 07533 166 945 e: les_lig@yahoo.co.uk Secretary: Orla Butler 22 Lisnacrogher Road, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, N Ireland, BT43 6QP t: +44 (0) 2821 758 510 m: +44 (0) 7841 117 252 e: obutler@suffolksheepni.co.uk

South East Branch Chairman: Matt Legge, m: +44 (0) 7710 493 534 Secretary: Alison Smith Sibbecks Park Farm, Newport Road, Nr. Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 2AL t: +44 (0) 1983 731 272 m: +44 (0) 777 60 77 777 e: secretary@southeastsuffolks.co.uk Website: http://www.southeastsuffolks.co.uk

Scottish Area Branch Chairman: Paula Reid m: +44 (0) 7743 267 484 paulareid1@btinternet.com Secretary: Judith Murray; 129 David Douglas Avenue, Scone, Perth PH2 6QG. m: +44 (0) 7788 725 905 e: jmurray129@hotmail.

Western Area Branch Chairman: Helen Davies t: 01938 590 535 e: helen@arddleensuffolks.com Secretary: Lyndon H Trumper J Straker, Chadwick & Sons, Market Streeet Chambers, Abergavenny, Mommouthshire, NP7 5SD t: +44 (0) 1873 852 624 e: lyndon@strakerchadwick.co.uk

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Club Chairmen and Secretaries Borders (Scottish Borders, Northumberland)

Midlands

Chairman: Michael Walton t: +44 (0) 7790 094 135 Secretary: Caroline Nelson Trows Cottage, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8LX t: +44 (0) 1573 450 733 m: +44 (0) 7968 599 840 e: caroline.nelson4@btinternet.com

Dyfed

North Antrim and East Londonderry

Chairman: Huw Thomas t: +44 (0) 7970 474 427 e: huwthomas@fcgagric.com Secretary: Christine Vaughan, Penlan, Crymych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3SG t: +44 (0) 1239 831 512 e: dyfedsuffolks@live.co.uk

Chairman: John Hegarty m: +44 (0) 07738 412 684 e: johnatbenhead@gmail.com Secretary: David McCaughan 43 Kilmoyle Road, Ballyrock, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, BT53 6NR t: +44 (0) 2820 741 233 m: +44 (0) 77 68 267 592 e: davidballyrocksuffolks@hotmail.com

East Down Chairman: Joe M. Stewart t: +44 (0) 7884 336 400 e: jmpstewart55@gmail.com Secretary: Amanda Priestley, Limestone Farm, 22 Drumgooland Road, Seaforde, Downpatrick, Co. Down, N.I. BT30 8QP, t: +44 (0) 2844 811 641 e: limestone_suffolks@hotmail.co.uk

Eastern Club Chairman: Ray Woolway t: +44 (0) 1487 840 256 e: woolways@talk21.com Secretary: Chris Partridge Eastern Suffolk Sheep Club t: +44 (0)1787 210 859 e: thecovey@kerseylivestock.co.uk

North East Scotland Chairman: Doug Donald t: +44 (0) 1651 891 498 e: dougdonald@supanet.com Secretary: Evelyn Young Muirton, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JN t/f: +44 (0) 1339 883 443, m: +44 (0) 7833 154 918, e: sufftex@yahoo.co.uk

North Wales

Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties Chairman: Steve Pierce t: +44 (0) 1454 612 228 m: +44 (0) 7920 205 429 e: spierce815@gmail.com Secretary: Jane Whitehouse Weston Park Farm, Dovers Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6UW t: +44 (0) 1386 840 835 m: +44(0) 7887 550 224 e: jane_whitehouse@hotmail.com 8

Chairman: Pete Burgess m: +44 (0) 7710 447 807 e: pete@tilbrookfarm.co.uk Secretary: Andrew Pinny New College Farm, Holcot, Northamptonshire, NN6 9SQ t: +44 (0) 1604 740 802 e: amtp@berrymorris.co.uk

Chairman: D. P. Roberts, t: +44 (0) 1745 812 534 Secretary: John Huw Hughes Bryncir Auction Centre, Bryncir, Gwynedd, Wales LL51 9LX t: +44 (0) 1766 530 828 e: lwhbryncir@btconnect.com

North West Chairman: Mark Gornall t: +44 (0) 7738 121 989 Secretary: Nicola Gornall, Laneside Farm, Pendleton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 1PU t: +44 (0) 1200 422 346 m: +44 (0) 7702 244 067 e: niknak78@hotmail.co.uk

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SOCIETY Shropshire & Montgomery

West Country

Chairman: Grahame Hardman t: +44 (0) 1743 850 965 m: +44 (0) 7710 581 583 e: theclamp@hotmail.co.uk Secretary: Helen Davies The Meadows, Arddleen, Llanymynech, Powys, SY22 6RX t: +44 (0) 1938 590 535 e: helen@arddleensuffolks.com

Chairman: Reg Pedrick t: +44 (0)1364 652 743 m: +44 (0)7751 023 197 e: pedrick591@btinternet.com Secretary: Catherine Derryman Mount Pleasant Farm, Stockland, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9DQ. t: +44 (0) 1404 881 398 e: derrymanmum@hotmail.co.uk

South Pennine Chairman: Roger Phaff t: +44 (0) 1433 651 474, e: rogerphaff@btinternet.com Secretary: Jane Walker, New Nook Farm, Bradwell, Hope Valley, S33 9HX t: +44 (0) 1433 620 413 e: newnook@btinternet.com

Tayside Chairman: Tommy MacPherson t: +44 (0) 1738 828 567 m: +44 (0) 7713 218 730 Secretary: Jackie Sands, Southfield Farm, Abernyte, Perth, PH14 9RB. t: +44 (0) 1828 686 630 e: sands.southfield@btinternet.com

Welsh Borders Chairman: Dai Harvey t: +44 (0) 1597 860 596 Secretary: Lyndon Trumper J. Straker Chadwick and Sons, Market Street Chambers, Abergavenny, NP7 5SD t:+44 (0) 1873 852624 e: lyndon@strakerchadwick.co.uk

West & Central Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway, Strathclyde, Central) Chairman: Fiona Wight m: +44 (0) 7729 397 872 t: +44 (0) 1899 220 564 e: f.wight@carwoodfarm.com Secretary: Paula Reid, Calfpark, Mouswald, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4QB t: +44 (0) 1387 830 250 m: +44 (0) 7743 267 484 e: paulareid1@btinternet.com

South of Ireland Donegal Chairman: P.J McMonagle t: +353 (0) 74 9145 861 m: +353 (0) 86 8113717 e: pjmcmonagle@ymail.com Secretary: Patrick Carr Glinsk, Ballyherrin PO, Fanad Letterkenny, Co. Donegal t: +353 (0) 74 9159 624 m: +353 (0) 87 9138401 e: patcarr68@hotmail.com

Eastern Suffolk Sheep Breeders Chairman: Barry Murphy m: +353 (0) 87 6241742 e: murbrofarming@hotmail.com Secretary: Mary Gahan, Coolyhune St., Mullins, Co. Carlow t: +353 (0) 86 0662408 e: marybgahan@gmail.com

Kerry Sheep Breeders Chairman: Pat Curran t: +353 (0) 877 440735 Secretary: Valerie Tiffin m: +353 (0) 86 1097 412 e: tiffin@eircom.net

Kilkenny Sheep Breeders Association Chairman: John Renehan t: +353 (0)86 8153 324 Secretary: Richard Moore t: +353 (0) 56 7724392, m: +353 (0) 87 9664366 e: richardgmoore@hotmail.com

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SOCIETY Munster Sheep Breeders

West of Ireland Sheep Breeders Club

Chairman: Jim Tait t: +353 (0) 021 466 1332 m: +353 (0) 86 6025579 e: jimtaitecdl@gmail.com Secretary: Brid Coakley Cleanor, Doneraile, Co. Cork, Eire t: +353 (0) 22 24168 m: +353 (0) 87 2305159 e: bridcoakley1@eircom.net

Chairman: Mark Grealy t: +353 (0) 91 7870 06 m: +353 (0) 87 9090057 Secretary: Ursula Rooney Gortnaderry, Grange, Co. Silgo t: +353 (0) 71 9163 509 m: +353 (0) 87 9831933 e: jandurooney@eircom.net

North East Breeders

Chairman: Billy Dillon t: +353 (0) 51 421454 m:+353 (0) 86 2567498 Secretary: Michael Brennan Galbally, Ballyhogue, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford t: +353 (0) 53 9247815, m: +353 (0) 87 6417 520

Wexford Sheep Breeders Chairman: Philip Lynch Sea Bank, Castlebellingham, Co Louth t: +353 (0) 42 9372 795 m: +353 (0) 87 8246138 or +44 (0) 7760 999 278 e: philiplynch60@gmail.com

J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons 2015 SALES Fri/Sat 24th & 25th July National Show & Sale, Shrewsbury (with Halls) Monday 3rd August

NSA Early Ram Sale – Builth Wells to include - Western Area Branch Show & Sale

Monday 21st Sept

NSA Main Ram Sale, Builth Wells

Sat 24th October

36th Annual Collective Show & Sale of in-lamb ewes & ewe lambs - Monmouthshire Livestock Centre, Raglan

Please contact: Lyndon Trumper for further information on the above sales and any other matters relating to the valuation/marketing of Suffolk Sheep.

Market Street Chambers, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 5SD Telephone: 01873 852624 Email: lyndon@strakerchadwick.co.uk

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President’s Address and Builth Wells. I truly believe the Suffolk can out class and out perform any of the other breeders so long as we as breeders consider market trends. Over the year I travelled many miles attending the shows and society sales around the UK and Ireland. I had the pleasure of judging both the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Show and was presented with some strong classes of excellent quality sheep. Lilburn Estates being victorious at the Yorkshire. The members created a lovely social atmosphere by serving refreshments in the lines after judging and presenting a trophy given by the families of Richard & Jack Bulmer in their memory. Writing this when the days are at their darkest and the winter weather sets in, how nice to reflect back on one of the sunniest summers for many years. September was the driest month since records began more than 100 years ago it was also one of the warmest on record. This was a major contrast to the beginning of the year which saw large areas of the country under water especially down in Somerset making it the wettest winter on record. With some sections of farming facing falling prices, the sheep trade has held up well. Breeding ewes were selling well and ram sales were generally good if the quality matched market requirements. The popularity of a Suffolk x Mule ewe has opened up a market for the top end of Suffolk rams, this was evident at both Kelso

Dafydd Jones took the honours with an outstanding shearling ewe at the Royal Welsh Show on one of the hottest days of the year. Our stand in the NSA area was excellent and yet again there was a warm welcome from members serving tea and light refreshments. On the down side I should probably mention the small incident in the judging ring at the Great Yorkshire when an untimely visit by a jobs worth of a government official disrupted proceedings, the lady in question had an issue with short docked sheep and even though she was only a visitor at the show took it upon herself to step into the ring. I hope no one suffered the consequences of her appearance but exhibitors beware she could be back!! It was a great privilege to judge the National Sale. Congratulations to Chris Holmes & Sally in presenting the champion ram and

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SOCIETY well done to all exhibitors for showing some outstanding sheep it will be exciting to see the progeny coming out in 2015. Society sales were well attended and all the sales had high spots and clearance rates were very good. The society flock competition was well supported this year. Judge Alex Gray had a mammoth task travelling around the country visiting 22 flocks, a big thank you to Alex for giving up his time. The winning flock was in Northern Ireland, Patrick Donnelly repeating his win of 2012. Late Autumn brings along a string of in lamb ewe sales – Production – Reduction – Dispersal, buoyant trade was the trend at most of these sales and hopefully we will be seeing some new flock owners appear as a result of their purchases.

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It would be remiss of me not to mention one particular flock dispersal – that of Sandy Fraser, Hazeltree flock, someone I and many others have looked up to for many years. Sandy has been a great inspiration to breeders young and old. He has given so much to the Suffolk Sheep Society and will be greatly missed showing his sheep. I would like to wish Sandy a long and happy retirement and hope to still see him around the shows. I have had a wonderful year as President, I thank everyone for their kindness and the warm welcomes I have received. I must also say a big thank you to Lewis, Gale and Orla in the Society Office for all their help during the year. President Sheila Eggleston

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A Message from the Chief Executive older these were wise words. This saying proved true in 2014 for James Young, Muirton Flock. A man who retained good carcases, moderate bone and clean silky hair in his Suffolks, when the breed was going in a different direction. Numerous pedigree flocks competed for these genetics, giving an average of over £6k for five rams sold and a top price of £19,000gns. I have never seen James smile so wide and for so long! A moment I will remember from 2014.

Over recent years farmers have exited sheep production to pursue other enterprises, reduce labour costs or maximise subsidy payments. This reduction has occurred not just in the British Isles but throughout the world creating an under supply and buoyant trade. Fat ewes making in excess of what breeding stock use to make is testimony to these market fluctuations. On the reverse side of the coin, my heart goes out to those dairy farmers who are either paid well below the cost of production, or have no market for their milk. The world can be a cruel place. Exporting agricultural products on the world market makes one vulnerable to boycotts and oversupply. As a young boy I remember my great uncle saying, “when everyone else runs you stand”. To a child this made little sense but as I get

That same uncle also said, “you only need three breeds of sheep”. A Scottish Blackface ewe crossed to a Leicester ram. Then cross the Greyface/Mule ewe to Suffolk. This cross is hard to beat as it provides so many outlets. The lambs finish quickly and can be taken to heavy weights. If you have limited finishing capacity nothing sells as well as a Suffolk store lamb. With the change in Leicester rams an increasing number of commercial farmers are seeking Suffolk cross ewes. My uncle may have left school at 14, without one exam to his name but he was wise indeed. My message to breeders is the same since I started in 2008. Ignore the commercial traits at your peril. We need Suffolk rams with broad shoulders, well filled gigots and increased muscle depth with adequate fat. Rams must have moderate bone and tight skins. Remember a commercial farmer’s target is to get a lamb to Fat Class 3, at between 45kg and 50kg liveweight. If your pedigree ram has no flesh cover at 100kg plus liveweight he is of little benefit to a commercial farmer.

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SOCIETY The Society not only maintains a pedigree database but actively promotes the Suffolk breed at a variety of events throughout the British Isles. Commercial farmers will use the breed that makes the most money in their local rings. Some may be blinded by E grades but those that want to maximise profit know that lamb numbers reared and speed to finish are the two main profit

drivers. If you produce the goods the commercial sector will come in increasing volumes. One breeder put it well when he said that if you produce the wrong type of sheep it is like selling Christmas trees in July. May I wish all Suffolk breeders and commercial sheep farmers a prosperous 2015.

The Suffolk Sheep Society appreciate the co-operation from our customers in providing information used at various sheep events in 2014. If you use Suffolk rams in your commercial flock and would like to participate in Society promotional material please contact the Society office.

St Boswells

Livestock Auctioneers

Wooler

Principal Auctioneers of Suffolk Rams at Kelso Ram Sales Friday 12th September 2015 St Boswells Market Principal Auctioneers of Suffolk Cross Ewe Lambs

Thursday 4th September:

Tuesday 30th September:

Principal Ewe Lamb Sale, includes Suffolk Cross, Scotch Half Bred & Suffolk Cross Scotch & Cheviot Mule Ewe Lambs St Boswells Ram Sale

For further details Tel: ST BOSWELLS (01835) 822214 Email: stboswells@johnswan.co.uk

www.johnswan.co.uk

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Farmer Focus Iain & Judith Barbour Solwaybank Flock, Dumfries & Galloway Farm Details:  1,000 acres arable and grazing  200 acres rented annually to comply with seed potato 7 year cropping rotation  112 suffolk ewes  10 texel ewes The main enterprise is our family seed potato and farm seeds business, (which like the first registered Suffolk flock in Scotland was established in 1895), trading as Jamieson Brothers under the brand name JBA. It is run by Robert and Margaret Barbour along with their sons’ Iain (Sales, Purchases, Haulage, Promotions and Office administration), Stuart (Stores, Grading & Packing Lines and Tractor & field work) and daughter Judith (Office, Mail Orders and Tractor work). JBA employs ten regular staff and takes on casual workers at busy times of the season. Our

lambing time has to be fitted in around a quieter time in the business as Iain, Judith and Margaret undertake the lambing. The company usually offers over 80 varieties selling to garden centres, horticulture suppliers and farmers throughout the UK and export to the EU. At present JBA are the Guinness World Record holders having displayed 667 different varieties at Garden Scotland 2013 in Edinburgh. We sponsor the World Potato Championships and in 2015 will sponsor the Supreme Sheep Interbreed at the Royal Highland Show. THE FLOCK The Solwaybank flock was established for Iain in 1991 and the Ewebank flock for Judith in 1996, buying some of the top females offered at that time. Most of the females are now home bred but we still buy one or two in lamb females each year, adopting the same policy as we have for sourcing a stock ram. We study both the pedigree and the conformation. It must have length, gigot, a

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ARTICLES good level top line, tight skin and a leg in each corner, be up on its toes, move well, have a correct mouth, good colours and plenty of presence. The two flocks were merged in 2013 under the Solwaybank name. 2006 was a memorable year for Judith’s JOD:F16, from her well known ‘Poppy’ family, when she won the supreme sheep at the Great Yorkshire and the Reserve Interbreed at The Royal (Stoneleigh). Iain’s best years were 2013 and 2014, when Eva Jane, won breed Champion at the Royal Highland Show. The icing on the cake, was winning Reserve Interbreed, in 2013 and Reserve Pairs Interbred, in 2014. We have flown the Suffolk flag since the early 1990’s at shows and believe it is a great way to promote our flock and the breed. We know that a good correct Suffolk will hold its own in any Interbreed, even with a ‘commercial’ judge. In 2011 we won the West & Central Club show points trophy for 10 consecutive years. It would be interesting to know how many miles we travelled during those 10 years!! In showing the judge is the only person that needs to like your sheep, but it takes at least two to like what you are hoping to sell. 2013 was a dream come true year for us, Champion at the National Sale, top Price at Stirling (also achieved in 2014) and Skyfall winning Sire of the Year and his brother Poundstretcher being reserve in 2014. Probably Glenisla Grimaldi was one of our most influential rams used in our flock. He put good skin, length and without doubt vigour into our lambs. Bailey’s Bugatti gave great tops and flesh. Cairness Castello and Rhaeadr Rastafari have done a great job and when crossed to each others daughters, have bred good males and females. We sell at Shrewsbury, Stirling, Carlisle and Kelso and

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also export to Belgium, Germany, Holland and Italy. Any prime lambs go to early Carlisle sales and regularly top the sales. It is our policy to cull hard, all males are sold as lambs and we do not produce shearlings. We try to breed females that milk with good mothering instincts, lambs with vigour that get up and suck, with a quick fleshing ability and tight skins. Having sheep with plenty of flesh and tight skins reduces time preparing them for shows and sales. This is important as sale and show dates clash with the most important and busy time of our potato year with blight spraying, rogueing, government crop inspections and start of harvesting of potatoes, hay and winter barley. We faecal egg sample and dose correctly for weight and ensure stock are given essential minerals. This is extremely important as it keeps our lambs clean and thriving. It is essential to keep Suffolks as the leader and produce what breeders, butchers and the commercial flocks want while still trying to keep feeding costs down. Quality in Quantity! It has been a long steep ladder to climb but let us hope we are getting nearer the top. Perhaps we will breed a Stirling Champion sometime, but if you get there first we can only hope it has got some Solwaybank blood in it. Our aim would be to try and keep the flock about where it is at just now or better. Good luck to all our customers, we enjoy hearing from you and watching your success with our bloodlines. Let us all work together to keep this great breed ‘ the leader’. PS. just in case anyone wonders what has happened to Stuart he has a collection of over 60 Vintage Massey Ferguson tractors as his hobby.

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ARTICLES Roddy Scarborough, Buck & Brachlaw Farm, Cabrach, Huntly, Aberdeenshire Farm Profile  7,000 acres (Sheep Farm)  1,000 Shetland x Cheviot Ewes crossed to Suffolk rams  600 Shetland Ewes crossed to Cheviot Tups to breed replacements  Lambs in April Why do I use Suffolk rams? You can sell a Suffolk lamb any day of the year. We sell the majority of our lambs as stores through Thainstone Mart. In 2014 we averaged ÂŁ58 for approx 1,600 lambs that had received no creep feed. In the past we have tried Texel but had too big a bottom end so I have gone back to Suffolk. There is also a good market for Suffolk cross ewe lambs and we sell the best 150 each year privately, to a repeat customer, for whatever the highest store price is. What am I looking for in a Suffolk ram? I want Suffolk rams with broad shoulders, long wide loins and a well filled gigot. The ram must have a tight skin. In general it must have shape and not be trimmed into shape. My biggest difficulty is sourcing Suffolk rams with the desired carcass traits. Because my Shetland x Cheviot ewes has fine bone I am looking for a heavier boned Suffolk ram than most commercial farmers. When I left school in 1976 Suffolks used to be naturally fleshing and had far bigger gigots that what Texels have today. Breeding increased muscularity and natural fleshing ability must become one of the main breeding objectives for Suffolk ram breeders. I do not feed creep to my lambs so I need rams with natural fleshing ability from forage.

My message to pedigree breeders  Please produce rams in a less intensive way so they will last longer. This is a problem in all sheep breeds as pedigree breeders try to bring out the biggest lambs possible. Perhaps less pushed lambs and more shearlings. In my area only the left over ram lambs are run over for shearlings.  I believe that breeders need to focus on breeding rams that have correct legs and feet. In my situation I need rams with good locomotion to do their job. I batch mate ewes in groups of 180-200 ewes over a three week period so I need rams that can cover the ground.  Need to get natural fleshing back into Suffolk rams.  Stop trimming your sheep and breed for tight skins.

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Lower Hope Early lambing flocks have fallen from favour on many farms in recent years, but when well managed it can provide an efficient use of farm labour and resources. For Ullingswick, Herefordshire-based Lower Hope Farm, managed by Simon Wells on behalf of the Richards family, an early lambing flock of 950 ewes is the best way to use poorer quality land and generate cash flow at a quieter time of year. The 2,000 acre mixed arable, soft fruit and livestock farm grazes a total of 1,020 ewes and 30 Hereford suckler cows and followers across 470 acres of permanent pasture, with the 950 commercial ewes complemented by a flock of 70 pedigree Suffolks, explains Mr Wells. “The bottom line is that much of this ground simply isn’t suited to any other enterprise than sheep. However, because of this it can only support high sheep numbers for a limited part of the year before grass quality and quantity decline significantly.” As a result Mr Wells and shepherd Chris Rollings have developed a successful and

profitable system which sees lambing of the commercial flock start in mid-January and completed by the first week of March. “This fits well around our other enterprises as it means the buildings can be multipurpose, being used for grain storage over the summer months as well as being home to our Christmas wreath making business for the autumn months,” he explains. And, importantly, with the soft fruit businesses producing significant cash flow through the summer months and the arable crops sold through the autumn and winter the early lambing flock provides a welcome boost to cash flow through the spring, says Mr Wells. “We’ve got a good system which works on a number of levels, but breed choice has been critical to making it work here. The ewe flock is made up of a base of North Country Mules, which are put to Suffolk tups with Suffolk cross ewe lambs retained for breeding and again put to Suffolk tups bred in the farm’s own pedigree flock, explains Mr Rollings.

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ARTICLES “A big bonus with this system is that we can manage any disease risk carefully as the only replacements coming on to the farm are a small number of North Country Mules each year and the occasional stock tup for the pedigree Suffolks. “Each year the incoming Mules are run as a separate group until well after lambing, ensuring they don’t pose a risk to the resident flock.” The strong Suffolk base to the flock has been a deliberate policy, with the aim of producing fast growing lambs able to finish off grass with the addition of a small amount of creep feed. “On top of that the Suffolk influence in the ewe flock helps keep lambing percentage at a more manageable level than if we had a flock of all Mules. We only retain twin and triplet born ewe lambs and generally scan at 180-190%. “Lambing is staggered with ewes split into batches of about 200 and a new batch starting each fortnight, there is some cross over between the groups which is intentional, but it means we have a slower period at the transition between groups which means we have time to catch up a little bit.” Mr Rollings says grass management is never easy on much of the sloping ground the flock runs on, with grass slow to come in spring and quick to go away again in summer and autumn too. Much of the ground is in environmental schemes too which limits the amount of fertiliser we can apply. “That’s why the early lambing system works so well here. It enables us to use the peak grass growth to finish lambs on and means we have most lambs away and off the farm before grass growth ebbs away too. 20

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“That leaves more grass for ewes postweaning and means they’re back in good condition ready for tupping again. If we lambed later it would save some feed costs, but the chances are we’d have many more lambs left through to the autumn taking up grass which should be being used for the ewes.” And with careful tup selection Mr Rollings says he’s breeding commercially orientated tups suitable for both home use and sale to local commercial flocks. “We try to breed growthy, naturally fleshed tups which leave lambs which thrive in our system and on many other local farms. “When it comes to sourcing new stock rams for the pedigree flock I’m always looking at what they’ll breed for our own commercial use. We need rams with good tops and shape to leave the type of lamb our customers want.” It’s a policy which is reaping rewards, with Lower Hope lambs regularly at the top of the market prices at Ludlow market and more

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ARTICLES than 1,000 lambs sold by the last week in June this year. “The aim is to have the bulk of the lamb crop sold by then and any lambs left after that are generally run through over the summer while the prices are lower and are then finished on root crops and a little concentrate feed as prices start to rise again in the autumn,” he explains. “Our lambs have averaged 248p/kg through to the end of June this year and have been in the top end of the prices most weeks, which makes it worthwhile using some creep feed to get these early lambs away straight off their mothers. It does add some costs, but the lamb prices make it worthwhile and having lambs away early means more grass for the ewes and helps ensure a decent size lamb crop again the year after.” Additionally, much of the grazing ground is also required to make silage for the flock’s winter rations, so having lambs away quickly helps in this respect too, explains Mr Wells. “We graze the ewes and lambs on stubble turnips and forage rape when they’re turned out from the lambing shed as much of the grassland is too wet to graze early in the year.

“Then they move on to the grass and as we start to draw lambs we gradually shut the grass up for silage, aiming to make about 850 bales a year of high dry matter silage for winter feeding along with bought in concentrates.” Lambs are drawn from 38-41kg, with most killing out at U and R grades at 2-3L classification. “While we sell mostly liveweight we often get feedback from the buyers who let us know how our lambs have performed. We also sell deadweight to get quicker movement at peak selling times and ensure price comparison.” Mr Rollings says the use of Suffolk tups and Suffolk cross ewes is paramount in ensuring the flocks continued performance, with high growth rates coming from both the choice of sire and the milkiness of the Suffolk x Mule ewe. “It’s a combination which works well for us and results in high quality lambs to sell at the peak of the prices. “We do use other terminal sires, but they don’t generally have the growth rate of Suffolks and their lambs are generally among those held back for later finishing on roots in the autumn.”

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Powerline flock wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Suffolk breed The Powerline flock, owned by Andrea Gardner of Lancaster, has been recognised by EBLEX as the “Most Improved Flock” of Suffolk sheep in England for 2014. The award is presented by the EBLEX Better Returns Programme (BRP) to the recorded flock that shows the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics over a 12-month period. There is a separate award for each of 10 UK breeds. Andrea was born and raised on a farm. She is now a mother of two daughters (Jennifer (22) and Bethany (18)) and works full time at Myerscough College. Starting as farm secretary in 1993, she is now part of their Rural Business Centre, offering a Farm Business Advisory service. Not one to shy away from hard work, in addition to being mum, shepherd and full-time worker, she is now well into her first year studying for her MBA.

Starting small to establish the Powerline Flock In 2001, she took over the care of the pedigree Suffolk flock at Myerscough College, where she reduced the 35-ewe flock down to 20 ewes, based on looks and figures, and later secured some funding to enter into a sheep improvement programme with the flock. Synchronising ewes for an artificial insemination (AI) programme and careful selection of high-index semen had a

Andrea with some of her Powerline flock

dramatic effect with subsequent progeny and as a result she won the 2005 EBLEX Progressive Flock Award. “This achievement was partly due to the good advice and guidance from the Premier Suffolk Breeders, where I was a member and latterly treasurer,” Andrea said. “The use of semen from the Drinkstone flock had a great influence on the genetics of the college flock at that time and has today had that same influence for me.” In 2007, having secured grazing agreements on a local dairy farm and with land attached to Kirkham Prison, she was able to set up her own flock of ewes. She has always appreciated the amount of meat on the carcase from a Suffolk lamb, so naturally she decided to establish her own Powerline Suffolk flock with foundation ewes purchased from the Perrinpit and Cairness flocks.

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ARTICLES “Some of these foundation ewes did not have good Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), but were pleasing to the eye,” Andrea explained. “Over the years, with the help of using individual traits, I have added both muscle and growth to make some exceptional sheep which I am really pleased with!” Later purchases from Laddygreen, Ortum, Chipping and Rugley completed the base flock of 30 breeding ewes.

Using high-index sires and artificial breeding programmes to improve genetics Andrea uses AI as a cost-effective way to access proven sires to improve the genetics of her flock, hence avoiding the need to buy rams. Originally, she selected traits for growth rates and fat depths, now she focuses on muscle depth through selection of rams, regularly using eight or nine different rams in an AI programme. Through careful ewe preparation and attention to detail with the synchronised breeding programme, she is achieving a 75 per cent conception rate from AI. This ensures the majority of her ewes lamb during the Christmas holidays, when she has time off from her fulltime job, outside of that they are on their own! Andrea believes using teaser rams and critical timekeeping for the insertion and removal of sponges helps to get the required result from the AI programme. She avoids handling the ewes for six

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weeks after the programme, so ensures all jobs are up to date with her ewes prior to insemination. “By paying attention to the ram and ensuring high maternal traits, the Suffolk produces active, lively lambs. The ewes are good mums with plenty of milk,” Andrea said. “I rarely lamb a ewe and caesareans aren’t common. All of my performance-recorded ewes have been good mothers.” Lambs are offered creep from a week old, being turned out when the season allows, usually by early February. After weaning, they are moved off creep and onto clean grazing. At this time retained lambs are identified, while the remainder are finished and sold as box-scheme lamb. By June, the focus is on getting ewes ready for AI and sorting them into tupping groups. In 2012, she decided to super-ovulate and flush one of her best ewes, and was not disappointed. Her intention was to multiply the number of lambs from a ewe which had consistently bred well. The ewe’s maternal traits were off the scale, and all other traits were in the top one to five per cent of the Suffolk breed. Semen from Ortum Supersire

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ARTICLES 2005 was used, knowing this combination had proven results. Embryos were collected and transferred, producing six lambs. The ewe was put back to the ram and conceived triplets. Overall it was a very happy outcome, with many new females born in one year to join the base flock.

breeders and is building relations with local producers who provide her with repeat business.

Using performance recording to encourage sales: “Performance recording for me gave me my USP and the results speak for themselves,” Andrea explained.

“I met Andrea at a local agricultural show and after visiting her flock at home was impressed,” he said. “Since then I have been buying rams from her every year for four years.

“EBVs must have a meaning to a breeder. They are producing lambs to meet a specification and a tup with no figures is an unknown quantity.

“EBVs were new to me but Andrea was careful to explain an individual ram’s strengths and help to determine which rams would suit my production system.”

“Producers breeding sheep that are not meeting specification are not maximising their output or their return. Sourcing recorded sires provides assurance to producers that, with the right traits for their commercial flocks and production systems, they can refine the economics and increase profit.

To date he is pleased with ram performance with his ewes.

“There is no place for the commercial farmer to purchase big-boned, big-headed rams which melt away after purchase. I want to produce a sheep with, first and foremost, a nice meaty carcase and secondly, one which is pleasing to the eye in the field. I want to own something I feel proud of and I believe I can do that!” She attends local shows such as Bury and Garthan show when possible. She also tries to support shows linked to society sales, such as Shrewsbury and occasionally Carlisle, seeing this as an opportunity to get her sheep noticed. She sells to other pedigree

Richard Tomlinson farms at Solwick, Preston, and produces Gracemire lamb from his early lambing flock of 300 North England Mules.

“The Powerline rams are good, strong animals. They retain their condition well, are good on their feet and have longevity,” he said. As well as selling lambs both liveweight and deadweight, he sells box-scheme lamb and attends local farmers’ markets with his produce, finishing all his own stock from 12 weeks of age with a target weight of 42kg and a 3L carcase.

Future objective Last year was the first time Andrea had surplus ewes and sold some in-lamb ewes through the Carlisle Society Sale and NWA Kendal. Looking ahead, she hopes to be able to continue supporting these sales with her females, either surplus ewe lambs or in-lamb ewes. In addition, she will continue to sell ram lambs direct from home and society

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ARTICLES sales. Her flock is MV-accredited and she is starting to focus on developing opportunities for the export market. “The award is based on figures alone; however performance recording must be used in conjunction with style, correctness and proven genetics to keep a flock and a breed moving forward,” Andrea said. “I am proud of my flock and believe the foundation provided from rams such as Drinkstone Supersire 2004 and Ortum Supersire 2005 (whose genetics link back to Drinkstone) has given me a firm foundation on which to build.

Commenting on the win, Signet Breeding Services Manager Sam Boon said: “Rates of genetic improvement in Signetrecorded flocks are at an all-time high. The difference between the best, high-EBV breeding stock and average animals is increasing year on year. “This means commercial producers have more to gain when investing in rams with superior genetics. Pedigree breeders can capitalise on these differences too and this is exactly what Andrea has done. The improvement in the genetic merit of her flock is clear and she is to be congratulated on her achievement.”

“The Park family have been great mentors over the years, offering sound advice and guidance.”

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Genetic gain in the Suffolk breed benefiting the entire breed Due to the nature of collection of pedigree and performance information by the Suffolk Sheep Society and Signet Breeding Services, Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) information is available for every registered animal in the breed. One of the benefits of this system is that it allows the comparison of the genetic merit of animals in performance recorded and non-recorded flocks. The EBVs produced for non-recorded sheep are created using genetic linkage to animals that have been performance recorded (as a consequence the accuracy values of these EBVs will typically be lower than recorded sheep). Nevertheless, at a population level this information allows the comparison of genetic gain between the recorded and non-recorded portions of the breed.

Figures 1 and 2 show the genetic gain in Scan Weight and Muscle Depth respectively. By comparing the genetic gain between recorded and non-recorded Suffolk sheep, it is clear to see that genetic gain is greater in performance recorded animals. The active selection of genes for growth and muscle depth is exerting a dramatic effect on this population- the genetic potential for an additional 3.3kg live weight and 1.9mm deeper eye muscle at 21 weeks of age compared to non-recorded flocks. The same is true for the Terminal Sire Index (Figure 3), which is intuitive as growth rates and carcase traits have a significant bearing upon the index.

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Give ram buyers the green light... • Rams with superior EBVs are proven to increase flock productivity • Many ram buyers are seeking EBVs and Indexes • EBVs can provide pedigree flocks with a competitive edge

For more information... visit www.signetfbc.co.uk or call 0247 647 8829


ARTICLES The data in Figures 1, 2 and 3 clearly indicate that the rate of genetic gain is greater in the recorded portions of the Suffolk breed, however the non-recorded population is not “standing still”. 5876 Suffolk lambs were performance recorded in 2014 – it is inevitable that these genetics will be filtering throughout the entire breed. This highlights a key message for some flocks for which performance recording is not an option, perhaps due to smaller flock sizes – genetic gain can also be achieved by using the best genetics produced by performance recording flocks. Estimated Breeding Value information is readily available allow breeders to find animals with the genetics to perform.

Take Home Messages  Performance Recording in the Suffolk breed is allowing participating flocks to make genetic progress in ‘leaps and bounds’  Genetic gain can be achieved by flocks which cannot record by bringing in the right genetics.  The rate of progress made in recorded flocks should not daunt those who are not currently recording but who are interested: these high performance genetics are readily available and easy to select using EBVs, and their use allows accelerated genetic gain.

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Independent Trial shows Soluble Glass Bolus to be best in class for Profit & Weight Gain in Lambs An independent, blind trial conducted by the Althnorthumbria Veterinary Group, found that Cosecure soluble glass lamb boluses were the ‘best in class’ for profit and weight gain. The trial involved nearly 500 Suffolk and Texel lambs out of mules on a farm in Northumberland. Cobalt and selenium deficiencies had been previously diagnosed on the farm. All lambs were twins and were grazing grass/clover leys in rotation. They tested two drenches, two boluses and a cobalt injection, to find out which product:  helped lambs fatten fastest  gave the best margin over product cost

This equates to £3,525 extra profit per 500 lambs Cosecure Lamb Boluses contain 13.4% copper, 0.5% cobalt, 0.3% selenium. The unique and revolutionary soluble glass boluses deliver a controlled and constant supply of trace elements into the rumen for up to six months in lambs. For further information on the Cosecure Lamb, Sheep or Cattle boluses, see cosecureboleses.com or contact Bimeda on +44 (0) 1248725400 Source: Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group Trial Into Weight Gain And Profit Gain

The trial found that Cosecure Lamb boluses gave the greatest profit and weight gain when compared to other treatments. Lambs dosed with Cosecure:  had nearly twice the levels of selenium and cobalt in the blood, than lambs treated with other products  gave 146g/day over 120 days, compared to 11g/day for the control on just grass The Profit After subtracting the cost of the product, Cosecure Lamb gave extra profit of £7.05 per lamb, (calculated at £2.00 per kilo) SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2015 YEAR BOOK

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Nematodirus in Lambs: Prevention is Better Than Cure Rachel Mallet, Territory Manager, Bimeda & Qualified Vet The perennial problem of Nematodirus battus-caused profuse, watery yellowygreen diarrhoea still leads to acute dehydration and on-farm deaths on many farms. As the onset of disease can be very fast, farmers have to be vigilant and respond rapidly with appropriate anthelmintics. As spring quickly approaches, farmers will be looking forward to getting ewes and their lambs out to pasture. However, it is important to remain vigilant as sudden changes in Spring weather can lead to serious problems with nematodirus battus. Nematodirus is a very serious and nasty parasite in lambs. At worst it can cause lamb losses (up to 5%) and at best it will have a serious impact on growth rate and live weight gain. This all results in increased costs and stress, as well as decreased profits, for the farmer. Due to previous exposure, adult sheep have acquired resistance. As lambs have never encountered Nematodirus battus previously they have absolutely no protection from it. When the weather suddenly changes from cold winter days and nights, to warmer spring weather, Nematodirus is at its most dangerous. This is due to a mass hatching of parasites which have over-wintered on the pasture. If this coincides with the time lambs begin to eat significant amounts of grass (6 - 12 weeks old) this can have devastating 32

effects. The challenge will vary depending on the weather and region, with problems tending to become apparent earliest in the milder, southeast of the UK, and slightly later in Northern England and Scotland. It is vital to know the parasite forecast for your region which your vet will be able to discuss and can also be accessed online (www.nadis.org.uk) to allow you to formulate the best approach to preventing acute Nematodirus. However, due to the quickstriking nature of Nematodirus, it is vital that farmers have this issue at the top of their minds and are ready to take action. Nematodirus is different to other parasites because the larvae develop inside the egg on the pasture. As soon as the mass hatching is triggered by the weather they are active and ready to infect lambs. Rather than being passed from adult sheep to lambs within the flock, it is passed from the previous year’s lamb crop to this year’s via the pasture making it particularly difficult to control.

Nematodirus Strikes Fast – Be Ready Nematodirus is a very difficult disease to counteract as it strikes very suddenly so it is important to prevent it and pre-empt when it is likely to be an issue. The damage is caused by the large number of infective larvae ingested so unfortunately we cannot wait for symptoms to appear as severe damage will already be inflicted;

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ARTICLES resulting in massive losses in terms of mortality and production. In surviving lambs it can add an extra 2-3 months to reach market condition.

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Sudden onset profuse diarrhoea Faecal staining of tail and perineum Dull/depressed lambs Lambs which stop sucking Gaunt condition Dehydration Rapid loss of body condition Lambs congregating around water to rehydrate

Faecal worm egg counts are sadly not useful for acute Nematodirus infection as the disease is caused by adult infective larvae which are not yet producing eggs (which can take as long as 2-4 weeks once ingested). FWEC are absolutely vital for monitoring response to treatment following infection.

High Risk Factors for Nematodirus Battus:

 Lambs grazing pasture that carried lambs the previous spring  A sudden, late cold snap which is followed by a period of warm weather  Lambs that are old enough to be eating significant amounts of grass (6–12 weeks old)  Groups where there is also likely to be a challenge from Coccidiosis  Lambs that are under other stresses e.g. triplets, fostered, on young or older ewes

Treatment Thankfully treatment with an appropriate white drench, including 2.5% albendazole, is highly effective, relatively inexpensive and safe in lambs. I recommend Bimeda’s Endospec 2.5% drench, which contains

25mg/ml albendazole, as well as selenium (0.27mg/ml) and cobalt (0.624 mg.ml). It is extremely important to dose for the correct weight of lamb to ensure we do not select for resistant worms. A FWEC is recommended 7-10 days after anthelmintic drenching to ensure that treatment was effective. It must be noted that severely affected lambs may require multiple treatments which you vet will be able to advise you on. Usually, for lambs born from the second week of March onwards, treatments are given 3 weeks apart in May. In greater risk years, three anthelmintic treatments are given extending the drenching period into June.

Prevention Avoid grazing lambs on the same pasture consecutive years where possible. Look at www.nadis.org.uk for the NADIS Parasite Forecast, advising when the risk period is coming and pay attention to the weather patterns in the spring period. Finally many veterinary practices are issuing warnings to their clients when the risk period is predicted so keep in contact with your local practice. To avoid a Nematodirus outbreak, and the associated costs and stress, make sure you are ready to strike back. For more advice, speak to your local animal health advisor or vet. About The Author Rachel Mallet is a qualified Veterinary Surgeon, who now works as a Territory Manager for Bimeda, covering Vet accounts in Scotland. Rachel is passionate about animal health and about promoting best practice amongst farmers and animal owners.

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Concurso, Pola de Laviana Geoff Riby, North of England Branch Chairman On 31st May 2014 I travelled to Asturias, Northern Spain to judge at the annual Northern Spain Suffolk show. I was accompanied by Richard Stephenson (Barncliff Suffolks) who was a great help in that the Spanish seem to understand West Riding of Yorkshire better than the East Riding of Yorkshire dialect. The hospitality was second to none and the enthusiasm for the breed was inspiring. All the classes were strong but I was particularly impressed with the shearling ewes and ram lambs. Many of the blood lines were originally from the UK and the sheep were a credit to the breeders both in quality and standard of preparation.

Group of exhibitors with Richard Stephenson and myself on the left

Half way through the show an auction was held of 12 stars which was well supported, selling all sheep presented. Following that all class winners came in for the championships and the supreme being Nacho Acebal’s ram lamb. A tremendous lamb; strong, powerful, fleshy, good colour had it not been for customs, I might have tried to sneak it home.

Class winners & Champions

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ARTICLES All in all Richard and I had a memorable trip and were very grateful to the breeders in that area for their hospitality and kindness.

Results Champion breeder Nacho Acebal, Llavandera flock Champion male and overall champion Llavandera Que Sire, De La Vallee De La Haine Plaisant Dam, Llavandera 30 000113703 Female champion PTL:14.824 Sire, Cairness Columbo Dam, PTL 11-020 – des Wartons Aramis GDam, LYT F76 Stockton Savannah Champion sold to Belgian flock River (PSH)

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British Wool Marketing Board Update Gareth W Jones, Producer Communications Manager As we enter another year the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) are encouraged by the continuing strong demand and are hopeful this will continue for the remainder of the selling season. In terms of production, the increase last year was not as great as originally anticipated due to some sheep losses and the very dry spring. This resulted in less grease being in the fleeces and therefore, the weight being down. However, this is not all bad news as the prices are determined by clean weight so the loss in actual weight should be compensated by a rise in price. In general, apart from China, all the other major wool producing countries are, if not static, experiencing a fall in the size of their clips. The supply factors are not positive but with the global economy improving, we have seen a very consistent pattern of price and clearances over the last 18 months for British Wool. One important service the Board provides to all producers is we grade your wool – we grade wool in order to add value to your product. Every fleece is individually graded as every fleece is unique in terms of quality and characteristics. The wool is graded by type rather than breed with the Suffolk wool falling into the ‘Fine’ category.

The wool produced by the Suffolk is soft to handle with an average fleece weight of 2.5 – 3 kgs. The staple length would be variable measuring between 5 – 10cm and a micron range of 31 – 34. The micron measures the fineness of the fibre and is vital information for the buyers when identifying the wool they require. Main uses for the Suffolk wool include blends for knitwear, cloth and the Japanese bedding market. The Campaign for Woo is now in its 5th year and continues to raise awareness of wool as a versatile, quality fabric for both the fashion and furnishing industries. During last year’s ‘Wool Week’ held in October 2014, a number of high profile events took place to continue to engage with the consumer on the benefits of wool as well as woollen products. This included an interiors collection exhibited at Southwark Cathedral in London with a broad range of fabrics, flooring, furnishings and lifestyle items including craft and creative pieces gathered together to show the story of wool interiors. I wish you all a successful year and to those exhibiting, we look forward to seeing many of you at the shows and competitions during the year.

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Obituaries The Suffolk Sheep Society deeply regrets the loss of the following with links to the Society. We express our sincere sympathy and condolences to the wider family circle. April 2013 Samuel Mellor Sam Mawhinney (Millisle)

March 2014 Claire Brennan (wife of Sean Brennan, Strokestown)

November 2013 Frank Bohan (Knockharley)

May 2014 Dorothy Percival (wife of Robert Percival – Ghyllbank, 91) Robert Rutherford (Langrigg, N53)

December 2013 Michael Kelly (Ballinacurra)

July 2014 Dr Ernest Logan (LPA, Holestone) Noel Mawhinney (4684 Assoc Member) Michael Clarke (S29, Turloughmore) August 2014 David C W Hampson (Greenslade, L48) September 2014 Edwin Given (NHZ, Highhill) November 2014 Bryant Rees (195, Roses), father to Anne Callan Walter Blakeley (A3, Dooneen) December 2014 W D C Mundell (W91, Meigle Flock)

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David Hampson David Hampson popular, longstanding Suffolk Sheep breeder sadly passed away on the 3rd August, 2014. David was the proud owner of the Greenslade Flock based at North Tawton and was founded in 1946 with the purchase of 10 ewes from the Ipswich Society sale, they were the second prize pen and cost 15gns. Further additions were made in 1948 with ewes from C J P Ball and A G Waspe and A Duke. The last ewes were bought from J S Taylor in 1951, since then all replacements were home bred. In the early years rams were bought from the Eastern Counties from the Lawshall and Elmdon flocks. Prominent rams in the flock in later years were Donan Bruce, Muiresk Saracen and Bridgestone Sailor Boy. No showing was undertaken until 1974, since then interbreed championships have been won at Devon County, Royal Cornwall, North Somerset and Bath & West as well as male champion at the Royal show in 1987. At its height the Greenslade flock numbered 150 ewes with up to 75 shearling rams sold into commercial flocks each year along with around 20 shearling ewes going into pedigree flocks, many being foundation ewes for new pedigree flocks. David was appointed on the judge’s panel in 1979 and has judged at numerous shows including the National sale and the Royal Highland. David was a regular at the Edinburgh society sale where he sourced replacement stock tups for many years, his purchases usually from the very top end. David served for many years on the SW regional NSA committee and ram sale committee. He also spent many

years on the Western Area branch committee where he served as chairman. David was also a society council member for many years and had the honour of being elected President in 1996. Outside of Suffolk sheep David was a keen spectator and former participant in National Hunt racing and for many years had been a keen bellringer. David also instigated the formation of the West Country Suffolk sheep Association now just short of its 30th year. David attended as many sheep related social events as he could being good company and a constant source of encouragement to anyone interested in Suffolk sheep. Members will remember David with great affection with memories of countless gatherings at Greenslade, including celebrating the flock’s 50th anniversary. The most recent being a tour of the farm and tea just 3 weeks before David sadly passed away. David always a gentleman epitomised everything that is good about the Suffolk Sheep Society today. He will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The Greenslade flock remains and is left in the capable hands of Aubry Ruby and his family. Kindly written by Peter Derryman

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BEESTON CASTLE AUCTION, BEESTON, NR TARPORLEY, CHESHIRE CW6 9NZ

Tel. 01829 262120 Fax. 01829 262129 www.wrightmarshall.co.uk

BEESTON CASTLE SUFFOLK SALES Beeston is now firmly established as the Premier Market for the Collective Sale of Suffolk Females in the UK. It is amazing how this Sale has developed from such humble beginnings fourteen years ago to now being the UK’s No.1 In-lamb Female Sale. Many thanks to all those who have supported us since the start. Yet again we had another fantastic Sale last November with a super entry of quality Sheep selling to a huge crowd from all over the country. At the last Sale two sheep sold for the top price of 4,000gns, the first for a Gimmer (Champion of the day) from Deveronside and the second a super Ewe Lamb from Jubilee. It is important to recognize that every successful Sale has a strong commercial base and this is undoubtedly the strength of this Sale. But we are also proud to sell top individuals for top money which brings an even balance to the event.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2014 SALE

Overall Champion Gimmer from Deveronside 4,000gns to Safaddan

Top Selling Lamb at 4,000gns from Jubilee

If you have quality Sheep to sell, make Beeston your destination, centred in the middle of the country and easily accessible from all directions.

This years Sale date: SATURDAY, 7th NOVEMBER The 15th “WRIGHT MARSHALL AUTUMN COLLECTION” Show & Sale of In-lamb Ewes; Gimmers & Ewe Lambs at Beeston Castle Auction, Nr Tarporley, Cheshire.

FLOCK DISPERSAL and REDUCTION SALES either on Farm or in the Market can be conducted at any time and anywhere. Please always watch out in the National Press for further announcements of Sales ENQUIRIES TO: CLIVE NORBURY

Tel: 01829 262120 Mobile: 07831 485590 Home: 01630 655250 Email: clivenorbury@wrightmarshall.co.uk


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Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral 14th - 16th May 2014 Judge:

J Campbell, Thrunton Flock

Aged Ram 1 P Donnelly - Birness Bolt (1W:12:044) by Rhaeadr Giggsy 2 S & W Tait - Shannagh Resolve (78A:11:020) by Strathisla Stoner Shearling Ram 1 R C & J C Watson Burnview Gin & Tonic (T86:13:007) by Shannagh Resolve 2 S & W Tait Crewelands Crusader II (PWN:13:029) by Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding 3 L & M Liggett Rhaeadr Vodka (A12:13:054) by Ardlea Arbennig Aged Ewe 1 A J & N A J Robinson 73A:11:028 by Jubilee Jethro 2 P Donnelly LRT:12:012 by Baileys Paddy’s Power 3 A J & N A J Robinson FNV:N5 by Strathbeg Stan the Man

Shearling Ewe 1 G C Beacom JFF:13:020 by Cairness Classic Fyvie 2 G C Beacom JFF:13:115 by Cairness Classic Fyvie 3 A J & N A J Robinson 73A:13:069 by Cairness Diamond Geezer Ram Lamb 1 G C Beacom JFF:14:01215 by Malinhead Ice Cold Gold 2 S & W Tait T86:14:00757 by Oldmill Lieutenant 3 R C & J C Watson 8B 14:00939 by Birness Pure Genius Ewe Lamb 1 R C & J C Watson 8B:14:00906 by Birness Pure Genius 2 L & M Liggett DBB:14:00472 by Rhaeadr Vodka 3 P Donnelly LRT:14:01085 by Birness Bolt

Supreme Champion Pedigree Cairness Classic Fyvie JFF:13:020 JFF:L41 by Strathisla Shadrach

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Reserve Female Champion A J & N A J Robinson 73A:11:028 by Jubilee Jethro Male Champion G C Beacom JFF:14:01215 by Malinhead Ice Cold Gold

Pair of Lambs 1 R C & J C Watson 8B:14:00906, 8B:14:00939 2 P Donnelly LRT:14:01093, LRT:14:01085

Reserve Male Champion P Donnelly Birness Bolt (1W:12:044) by Rhaeadr Giggsy

Overall Championships

Supreme Champion G C Beacom JFF:13:020 by Cairness Classic Fyvie

Female Champion G C Beacom JFF:13:020 by Cairness Classic Fyvie

Reserve Champion A J & N A J Robinson 73A:11:028 by Jubilee Jethro

1st prize Shearling Ewe, Female Champion & Supreme Champion from G Beacom

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1st prize Aged Ram, Reserve and Male Champion from P Donnelly

1st prize Aged Ewe, Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion from AJ & NAJ Robinson

1st Prize Ewe Lamb from RC and JC Watson

1st Prize Ram Lamb & Male champ from G Beacom

1st Prize Shearling ram from RC and JC Watson

1st Prize pair of lambs from RC and JC Watson

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1st Prize Group of Three from AJ and NAJ Robinson

Suffolks Interbreed Champion group of three

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Three Counties Show 13th - 15th June 2014 Judge: W Tait, Burnview Flock Aged Ram 1 A Meredith Stockton Thats The One by Conchar PR 2 T Blunt Milton Magicman by Hazeltree Haribo

Shearling Ewe 1 W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:02108 by Rhaeadr Mad Man 2 W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:02098 by Stockton Percy .T 3 VE & BM Samuel & Son FNV:13:0130 by Rhaeadr Ring a Ding

Shearling Ram 1 VE & BM Samuel & Son Shannagh McGinty by Shannagh Resolve 2 M Gatehouse 84N:13:021 by Alloaks King Maker 3 A Meredith CSY:13:007 by Stockton That’s the One

Ram Lamb 1 C J Holmes DND:14:00338 by Cairness Great Expectations 2 M Davies & Sons NLH:14:00531 by Forkins Fagan 3 WH Sinnett & Sons 72H:14:02626 by Rhaeadr Mint

Aged Ewe 1 W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:N126 by Stockton Lad the Second 2 C J Holmes DND:N74 by Williamsgill Prince William 3 M Gatehouse 84N:12:0047 by Callow Maximus

Ewe Lamb 1 C J Holmes DND:14:00340 by Cairness Great Expectations 2 WH Sinnett & Sons 72H:14:02525 by Whitestone Footprint 3 VE & BM Samuel & Son Y18:14:03085 by Shannagh McGinty

Supreme Champion Pedigree Cairness Great Expectations DND:14:00338 DYH:N60 by Cairness Achievement

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SHOWS Group of Three (progeny of one sire) 1 Chris Holmes group by Cairness Great Expectations 2 Mike Davies and Sons by Forkins Fagan 3 Messrs Samuel’s group by Cairness Tornado Female Champion W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:02108 by Rhaeadr Mad Man Reserve Female Champion C J Holmes DND:14:00340 by Cairness Great Expectations

Male Champion C J Holmes DND:14:00338 by Cairness Great Expectations Reserve Male Champion M Davies & Sons NLH:14:00531 by Forkins Fagan Supreme Champion C J Holmes DND:14:00338 by Cairness Great Expectations Reserve Champion W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:02108 by Rhaeadr Mad Man

1st Prize Ram Lamb, Male Champion & Supreme Champion from CJ Holmes

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1st Prize Shearling Ewe from WH Sinnett & Sons, Female Champion & Reserve Overall Champion

1st Prize Ewe Lamb from CJ Holmes, and Reserve Female Champion

1st Prize Aged Ram Stockton Thats The One from A Meredith

1st Prize Aged Ewe from WH Sinnett & Sons

1st Prize Shearing Ram from VE&BM Samuel

2nd Prize Ram Lamb from M Davies & Sons

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Group of Three winners from C J Holmes

V Samuel with Judge W Tait

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Suffolk Championships, Gorey 24th May 2014 Judge: E Jeffery, Kilbeg Flock Shearling Ram and Upwards 1 A O’Keeffe Rookery Classic by Deveronside Destroyer 2 S Browne Cairnton Eyecatcher by Deveronside Speedway Aged Ewe and Upwards 1 A O’Keeffe R15:12:070 by Clyda Wishmaster 2 P O’Keeffe 33H:11:087 by Cairness Liam Shearling Ewe 1 S O’Keeffe BYD:13:030 by Cairness Gala Star 2 O&G Deane PBO:13:006 by Cairness Diamond Geezer 3 A O’Keeffe R15:13:033 by Castlewellan Sportsman

Novice Ram Lamb 1 D Mangan PUU:14:02051 by Errigal Simply the Best 2 B Boland SCP:14:01707 by Baileys David’s Choice 3 S Tiffin NZA:14:00247 by Errigal Simply The Best Open Ram Lamb 1 S Browne PBH:14:00927 by Cairnton the Cracker 2 S O’Keeffe BYD:14:01746 by Rookery Classic 3 A O’Keeffe R15:14:04245 by Rookery Classic Novice Ewe Lamb 1 E Browne SND:14:00934 by Errigal Simply The Best 2 B Boland SCP:14:01708 by Errigal Simply The Best 3 S Tiffin NZA:14:00248 by Errigal Simply The Best

Supreme Champion Pedigree Cairness Gala Star BYD:13:030 BYD:L30 by Castlewellan Sportsman

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SHOWS Untrimmed Ewe Lamb 1 A O’Keeffe R15:14:04236 by Rookery Classic 2 S Browne PBH:14:0930 by Cairnton the Cracker 3 S Browne PBH:14:0928 by Cairnton the Cracker

Female Champion S O’Keeffe BYD:13:030 by Cairness Gala Star

Trimmed Ewe Lamb 1 E Browne SND:14:00934 by Errigal Simply The Best 2 A O’Keeffe R15:14:04262 by Rookery Classic 3 S O’Keeffe BYD:14:01758 by Rookery Classic

Male Champion Rookery Classic by Deveronside Destroyer

Group of Three 1 A O’Keeffe 2 S Browne 3 M O’Neill

Reserve Female Champion A O’Keeffe R15:14:04236 by Rookery Classic

Reserve Male Champion S Browne PBH:14:00927 by Cairnton the Cracker Supreme Champion S O’Keeffe BYD:13:030 by Cairness Gala Star Reserve Champion A O’Keeffe R15:14:04236 by Rookery Classic

Female Champion & Supreme Champion from S O'Keeffe

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Reserve Female Champion & Reserve Champion from A O'Keeffe

1st Prize Aged Ewe from A O'Keeffe

1st Prize Shearling Ram and Male Champion from A O'Keeffe and J Redmond

1st Prize Open Ram Lamb & Reserve Male Champion from S Browne

1st Prize Novice Ewe Lamb and 1st Prize Trimmed Ewe Lamb from E Browne

1st Prize Novice Ram Lamb from D Mangan

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Young Handlers Winners Peter Boland & Aisling O'Mahony

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Jimmy Screene making a presentation to Judge of the Gorey NSC Edward Jeffery1st Prize Novice Ewe lamb from A James

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Royal Highland Show 18th - 21st June 2014 Judge: G Beacom, Lakeview Flock Aged Ram 1 I & J Barbour Solwaybank Goldfinger by Rhaeadr Rastafari 2 A Hutchon Whitestone Willy by Forkins Ferrari II 3 S & G Sutherland Sitlow Surefire by Muiresk McKelvey Shearling Ram 1 S G Mair & Sons Rhaeadr Red Devil by Ardlea Arbennig 2 S & G Sutherland Strathisla Sign Off by Strathisla Stifler 3 A MacKinnon. Ballynacanon Bandicoot by Birness Bacardi Aged Ewe 1 I & J Barbour FHT:11:111 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 2 S Fraser LOZ:L6 by Cairness Double Top Two 3 P & D Reid JDX:12:044 by Rhaeadr Roberto

Shearling Ewe 1 G Hiddleston FNV:13:103 by Strathisla Stifler 2 I & J Barbour FHT:13:070 by Rhaeadr Rastafair 3 S G Mair & Sons NAJ:13:052 by Forkins Figo Ram Lamb 1 S G Mair & Sons NAJ:14:00340 by Rhaeadr Red Devil 2 T Fitzsimon NCK:14:00368 by Flodden Magician 3 I & J Barbour FHT:14:00901 by Rhaeadr Rannoch Ewe Lamb 1 S G Mair & Sons NAJ:14:00347 by Rhaeadr Red Devil 2 J Tooze DYX:14:00148 by Davishill Decision 3 I & J Barbour FHT:14:00849 by Solwaybank Thunderball

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rhaeadr Rastafari FHT:11:111 FHT:L139 by Solwaybank Santana

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SHOWS Female Champion I & J Barbour FHT:11:111 by Rhaeadr Rastafari

Reserve Male Champion S G Mair & Sons Rhaeadr Red Devil by Ardlea Arbennig

Reserve Female Champion G Hiddleston FNV:13:103 by Strathisla Stifler

Supreme Champion I & J Barbour FHT:11:111 by Rhaeadr Rastafari

Male Champion S G Mair & Sons NAJ:14:00340 by Rhaeadr Red Devil

Reserve Champion S G Mair & Sons NAJ:14:00340 by Rhaeadr Red Devil

1st prize Aged Ewe, Female Champion & Supreme Champion from I&J Barbour

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1st prize Ram lamb & Male Champion & Reserve Overall Champion from S G Mair & Sons

1st Prize Aged Ram Solwaybank Goldfinger from I&J Barbour

1st prize Ewe lamb from SG Mair & Sons

1st prize Shearling Ewe from G Hiddleston

1st Prize Shearling Ram from S G Mair & Sons

G Hiddleston with his Shearling Ewe

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Barbour Family Photo

Overall Pairs Reserve Champion

Overall Young Handler Champion - Finn Christie

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Great Yorkshire Show 8th - 10th July 2014 Judge: S Eggleston Shearling Ram 1 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership Rookery Top Shot by Strathisla Red McGregor 2 D Aconley JTO:13:024 by Muirton Kick Off 3 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:13:143 by Forkins Figo Aged Ewe 1 D Aconley NFR:N25 by Williamsgill Canillona 2 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:12:071 by Deveronside Pall-Mall 3 R&G Hiddleston FNV:12:054 by Rookery Rooney Shearling Ewe 1 R&G Hiddleston FNV:13:103 by Strathisla Stifler 2 J J Tooze DYX:13:015 by Cairnton Correction 3 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:13:081 by Deveronside Pall-Mall

Ram Lamb - Trimmed 1 J J Tooze DYX:14:00150 by Davishill Decision 2 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:14:18358 by Claddagh Special Blend 3 P Lupton KXL:14:00212 by Safaddan Smarty Pants Ram Lamb - Untrimmed 1 T Darling LBC:14:01870 by Safaddan Smarty Pants 2 R Denby A58:14:00243 by Carony Cool Cat 3 P Lupton KXL:14:00215 by Rhaeadr Skyfall Ewe Lamb 1 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:14:18396 by Claddagh Special Blend 2 J J Tooze DYX:14:00148 by Davishill Decision 3 R Denby A58:14:00235 by Carony Cool Cat

Supreme Champion Pedigree Claddagh Special Blend G34:14:18396 G34:L20 by Roseden Houdini

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SHOWS Group of Three 1 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership 2 J J Tooze 3 R&G Hiddleston Female Champion Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:14:18396 by Claddagh Special Blend

Reserve Male Champion J J Tooze DYX:14:00150 by Davishill Decision Supreme Champion Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:14:18396 by Claddagh Special Blend Reserve Champion R&G Hiddleston FNV:13:103 by Strathisla Stifler

Reserve Female Champion R&G Hiddleston FNV:13:103 by Strathisla Stifler Male Champion Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership Rookery Top Shot by Strathisla Red McGregor

1st Prize Ewe Lamb, Female Champion and Overall Champion from Lilburn Estates

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1st Prize Shearling Ewe, Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Overall Champion from R&G Hiddleston

1st Prize Shearling Ram & Male Champion from Lilburn Estates

1st Prize Trimmed Ram Lamb and Reserve Male Champion from J J Tooze

1st Prize Ewe Lamb from Lilburn Estates

1st Prize Untrimmed Ram Lamb from T Darling

Group of Three from Lilburn Estates

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Roscrea Novice Champion 2014 Sires used in 2014 Errigal Dundee • Deburca Lewis • Carragh Gold Malinhead Superstar • Cairness Hamlet • Rookery Classic Forkins Ferrari • Cleagh El Dorado • Baileys Balotelli • Cairness Bolt Baileys God Send • Cairnton the Cracker • Errigal Ballivor Enquires Welcome Eamonn Duffy, Ethelstown, Kells, Co. Meath M: 086 1506785 Email: eamonnduffykells@gmail.com Wishing our customers, friends and fellow breeders every success in the coming year.

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Royal Welsh Show 21st - 23rd July 2014 Judge: S Eggleston Ram Shearling or over 1 Dafydd G Jones Frongoy Rocky by Stockton Barberian 2 T J Griffiths Cairness Coalition by Cairness Achievement 3 Dafydd Pugh Roberts Fronfraith Magnum by Solwaybank Sonny Bill Shearling Ewe 1 Dafydd G Jones LTD:13:017 by Rookery Riverman 2 Dafydd G Jones NAT:13:014 by Conveth the Jack Pot 3 Dafydd Pugh Roberts NNX:13:002 by Cairness Barbarian Ram lamb– Trimmed 1 Dafydd G Jones NAT:14:01651 by Burnview Balls of Fire 2 A Meredith CSY:14:00460 by Stockton That’s The One 3 Dafydd Pugh Roberts NNX:14:00900 by Cairness Barbarian

Ram lamb – Untrimmed 1 T J Griffiths BAX:14:00301 by Cairness Coalition 2 Dayfdd Pugh Roberts NNX:14:00868 by Ciarness Barbarian Ewe lamb 1 Dafydd G Jones NAT:14:01627 by Limestone To-Tal 2 T J Griffiths BAX:14:00302 by Cairness Coalition 3 A Meredith CSY:14:00451 by Stockton That’s the One Group of Three 1 Dafydd G Jones 2 Dafydd Pugh Roberts Female Champion Dafydd G Jones LTD:13:017 by Rookery Riverman Reserve Female Champion Dafydd G Jones NAT:14:01627 by Limestone To-Tal

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rookery Riverman LTD:13:017 LTD:11:054 by Stockton Barberian

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Supreme Champion Dafydd G Jones LTD:13:017 by Rookery Riverman

Reserve Male Champion Dafydd G Jones NAT:14:01651 by Burnview Balls of Fire

Reserve Champion Dafydd G Jones Frongoy Rocky by Stockton Barberian

1st Prize Shearling Ewe, Female Champion & Overall Champion from Dafydd G Jones

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1st Prize Shearling Ram, Male Champion & Overall Reserve Champion from Dafydd G Jones

1st Prize Ewe Lamb & Reserve Female Champion from Dafydd G Jones

1st prize trimmed ram lamb & Reserve Male Champion from Dafydd G Jones

1st Prize untrimmed ram lamb from T J Griffiths

1st Prize Group of Three from Dafydd G Jones

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National Flock Competition 2014 National Flock Competition Results Judge: Alex Gray (Langside Flock)

Bristol Gold Cup Overall Winner: Patrick Donnelly (Donrho) Overall Reserve: S J Buckley (Sitlow)

John Long Cup (Up to 30 ewes) Winner: William Borthwick (Ballochmyle) Reserve: Mr. & Mrs. John Pryce (Horton) Certificate of Merit: P McVerry (Tullywinney), E Robinson & M Radford (Underhurth)

WE Lloyd Cup (31-60 ewes) Winner: Patrick Donnelly (Donrho) Reserve: County Turf Ltd (Hazeltree) Certificate of Merit: Pat Machray (Middlemuir), Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills)

Keeble Cup (61-100 ewes) Winner: S J Buckley (Sitlow) Reserve: William Montgomery (Smiddiehill) Certificate of Merit: David & Paula Reid (Conchar)

Brooks Cup (>100 ewes) Winner: JW Hallam & SM Eggleston (Seagrave) Reserve: Irene Fowlie (Essie) Certificate of Merit: EA & L Jackson (Rugley)

Bonnington Salver (Best Flock of Ewes) Winner: Patrick Donnelly (Donrho) Reserve: County Turf Ltd (Hazeltree) Certificate of Merit: JW Hallam & SM Eggleston (Seagrave), S J Buckley (Sitlow) & P McVerry (Tullywinney)

The Sainsbury Cup (Best Ewe Lambs) Winner: William Borthwick (Ballochmyle) Reserve: Patrick Donnelly (Donrho) Certificate of Merit: Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills), S J Buckley (Sitlow)

The Howard Peel Cup (Best Stud Rams) Winner: S J Buckley (Sitlow) Reserve: Mr. & Mrs. John Pryce (Horton) Certificate of Merit: P Machray (Middlemuir) & Patrick Donnelly (Donrho)

Chebsey Cup (Progeny Group) Winner: Patrick Donnelly (Donrho) (Baileys Paddy’s Power - 94737) Reserve: Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) (Rhaeadr Topman - 95704) Certificate of Merit: Irene Fowlie (Essie) (Drinkstone Heavy Weight - 94257) SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2015 YEAR BOOK

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Back L-R: Lewis McClinton (Chief Executive), Alex Gray (Judge) & Sheila Eggleston (President) Front L–R: Rhonda and Patrick Donnelly with the Bristol Gold Cup

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PDW Taylor receives Sire of the Year trophy

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Suffolk Breed Points Head

Hornless: Face black and long; muzzle moderately fine in Ewes. (A small quantity of clean white wool on the forehead not objected to.) Ears, a medium length, black and fine texture. Eyes, bright and full.

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Neck

Moderate length and well set (in Rams stronger, with a good crest).

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Shoulder

Broad and oblique.

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Chest

Deep and wide.

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Back and Loin

Long, level and well covered with meat and muscle; tail well set up, the ribs long and well sprung, with a full flank.

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Legs and Feet

Straight and black, with flat bones of good quality, wooled to the knees and hocks, clean below. Forelegs set well apart. Hind legs well filled with meat.

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Belly

Well covered with wool.

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Fleece

Moderately short; close fine fibre without tendency to matt or felt together and well defined, i.e. not shading off into dark wool or hair.

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Skin

Fine, soft and pink colour.

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National at Shrewsbury Judge: S.Eggleston, Seagrave Flock Sponsor: Osmonds Demand drives high clearance rate A bumper crowd drove demand for well fleshed, commercially focused ram lambs at the first Suffolk Sheep Society sale of the season, the National Sale, at Shrewsbury, on Saturday 19 July.

the lamb trade struggling in recent weeks it is clear the early growth and quick finishing of the Suffolk is in demand as producers look to breed lambs capable of being sold earlier in the season when the better prices prevail.”

With trade peaking at 10,000gns and a 75 per cent clearance rate in the ram lambs which averaged £1,282.75 Society chief executive Dr Lewis McClinton said it was clear both pedigree and commercial buyers had been prepared to pay well for the lambs on offer.

Leading the trade at 10,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show, a ram lamb from Chris Holmes and family’s Rookery flock, Broadway, Worcestershire.

“This was great vote of confidence for the Suffolk breed and the clear focus breeders are placing on delivering sheep suited to modern commercial sheep production. With

This lamb, DND 14:00338, is a son of the 21,000gns joint purchase from last year’s Stirling sale, Cairness Great Expectations. Bred from a dam by Cairness Achievement which was purchased at Beeston for 3,000gns, this lamb caught the eye of a number of breeders and had previously been

Lot 111 from C J Holmes Male and Overall Champion sold for 10,000gns

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Lot 114 from C J Holmes sold for 5,200gns

Lot 156 from SJ Buckley sold for 4,400gns

Lot 113 from CJ Holmes sold for 4,300gns

Lot 183 from L&M Liggett Reserve Male Champion & Reserve Overall Champion sold for 4,000gns

Lot 140 from M Davies & Son sold for 3,400gns

Lot 155 from SJ Buckley, 1st prize Signet Recorded Ram Lamb sold for 3,000gns

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SALES breed champion at Royal Three Counties Show in June. He sold to Mary Julia Cornish for her Mardle flock, Devon, after a bidding battle which left Willie Tait of the Burnview flock, Northern Ireland, as the disappointed under bidder.

Selling at 3,400gns was the best of the day from Mike Davies’ Saffadan flock, NLH 14:00546. Sired by the 4,000gns Forkins Fagan this lamb is out of a dam by Kings High and Mighty and sold to Richard Fitton, Bolton, for his Maestro flock.

It was another lamb from the same pen, DND 14:00385, which then took the second best price of the day at 5,200gns. This was another son of the 21,000gns Cairness Great Expectations and is out of a homebred dam by Williamsgill Prince William. He is maternal brother to a lamb sold to Lilburn Estates for 4,400gns last year and sold to the same buyers.

Following that a pair at 3,000gns, with the first of these being a lamb from Co Fermanagh-based Gary Beacom. This one, JFF 14:01180 is a son of Malinhead Ice Cold Gold and is an ET bred lamb out of a Cairness Cyclone dam which was bought for 8,000gns. He sold for export to Belgium to join the flock of S Roels, Oulueg.

Following him at 44,00gns was the best of the day from Steven and Louise Buckley’s Sitlow flock. Their pen topper was 45Z 14:01359, a son of last year’s 4,400gns purchase Stockton Turbine out of a dam by Strathisla Sinatra and going back to Perrinpit High Peak. Selling with an index of 2.52 he was bought by J M Robinson and Son, Great Limber, Grimsby. And just shy of that at 4,300gns was another of the Rookery lambs, DND 14:00334. This one is an ET bred full brother to the champion and sale topper and was bought by Paul Fletcher, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Then making 4,000gns was the reserve champion from the pre-sale show from the Liggett family’s Carony flock, Drumquin, Co Tyrone. This lamb, DBB 14:00454, is sired by the 4,800gns purchase Rhaeadr Vodka and is out of a dam by Rhaeadr Red Bull, this winning mix was sold in a two-way partnership with Hazel Martindale and Caroline Roots taking half each for their Landale and Kilnford flocks, respectively.

The other at this money was from the Buckley family’s pen. This was 45Z 14:01407, a Stockton Turbine son out of a Sitlow Centurion sired dam. Selling with an index of 3.11 he was claimed by Tom Cox, Church Eaton, Staffordshire. Then came a 2,600gns bid from Dai Harvey, Newbridge On Wye, for another of the Carony lambs from the Liggett family, DBB 14:00420. Again sired by Rhaeadr Vodka he is out of a Conveth Royal Flush daughter and goes back to Kings High and Mighty. Two then traded at 2,500gns, with the first being John Park’s Y68 14:06237 from the Drinkstone flock. Sired by Drinkstone Napoleon and out of a dam by Earl B3175 this lamb sold with a top 1 per cent index of 7.37 and was bought by Matt Prince, Derbyshire. The second to make this price came late in the day from the Liggett’s pen. This was DBB 14:00476, a Rhaeadr Vodka son out of a dam by Rhaeadr Red Bull. This one was knocked down to N Howl, Kettering.

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SALES At 2,200gns was another from Mike Davies, NLH 14:00563. Sired by Forkins Fagan he is out of a Strathisla Stoner dam and sold to A Hambleton, Millam, Cumbria. Just shy of that at 2,100gns was the best of the day from Ian and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock, FHT 14:00900. This Rhaeadr Rannoch son is out of a Cairness Castello dam and sold to G Rossiter, Bannon, Co Wexford.

Other leading prices

 2,000gns - Gary Beacom’s JFF 14:01176 (lot 19) to S Bourman, Yieldshields, Carluke.  2,000gns - Gary Beacom’s JFF 14:01200 (lot 25) to Messrs Soulsby, Penrith.  2,000gns - Gary Beacom’s JFF 14:01352 (lot 29) to Iain and Judith Barbour, Robin Irwin and Steve and Marion Ellsworthy.  2,000gns - Andrew Evans’ 82N 14:00644 (lot 59) to C A Whittaker, Clitheroe.  2,000gns - Chris Holmes’ DND 14:00341 to Sandy Fraser, Scunthorpe.

Lot 24 from GC Beacom sold for 3,000gns

Shearling rams The best price in the small offering of shearling rams came for Viv Samuel’s first prize winner from the Monkton flock, Y18 13:017, when he sold at 1,400gns. This Rhaeadr General son is out of a Strathisla Speedway dam and sold to Phil Smith for the Peghouse flock, Worcestershire.

Lot 196 from L&M Liggett sold for 2,600gns

Females Leading the female trade at 700gns was the female championship winning ewe lamb from the Pryce family’s Horton flock. This was 138A 14:00179, a Lakeview Rambo daughter out of a dam by Pexhill Real Lucky. She heads to Devon to the Mardle flock of Mary Julia Cornish.

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SALES Averages; 111 ram lambs £1,282.75, two shearling rams £1,102.50, 10 ewe lambs £327.39, two shearling ewes £357 (J Straker Chadwick and Sons with Halls).

Full pre-sale show report Chris Holmes and family took the overall championship in the pre-sale at the National Show and Sale, Shrewsbury, with their winner from the open ram lamb class from their Rookery flock, DND 14:00338. Lot 82 from I&J Barbour, 5th Prize Open Ram sold for 2,100gns

Lot 19 from GC Beacom sold for 2,000gns

This son of the 21,000gns Cairness Great Expectations is out of a dam by Cairness Achievement which was bought for 3,000gns at Beeston and goes back to Strathisla Schumacher on his dam’s side. He was breed champion at the Royal Three Counties Show earlier in the year. Taking the reserve male championship and reserve overall championship was the second prize lamb from the open ram lamb class, the Liggett family’s lamb DBB 14:00454 from the Carony flock. Sired by Rhaeadr Vodka, he is out of a dam by Rhaeadr Red Bull and goes back to Conveth Royal Flush. John Pryce and family’s Horton flock took the day’s female championship and reserve female honours, with their winner from the ewe lamb class 138A 14:00179. This one is a daughter of Lakeview Rambo out of a Pexhill Real Lucky dam and going back to Deveronside Tevez. Reserve female honours went to the winner of the shearling ewe class, 138A 13:007. This is a Rhaeadr Ram Rod daughter out of a dam by Birness Buckaroo and going back to a dam by Perrinpit Popeye.

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Lot 29 from GC Beacom sold for 2,000gns

Lot 112 from C J Holmes sold for 2,000gns

Lot 141 from M Davies & Son sold for 1,700gns

Lot 15 from VE&BM Samuel & Son, 1st Prize Shearling Ram sold for 1,400gns

Winning the shearling ram class was Viv Samuel with a tup by Rhaeadr General, Y18 13:017. This one is out of a dam by Strathisla Speedway.

Winning the group of three class were a trio from Willie Tait and family’s Burnview flock. This trio were T86 14:00707, T86 14:00763, T86 14:00760, with these being sons of Cairness Sapphire, Oldmill Lieutentant and Burnview Enzo.

In the recorded ram lamb class the winner was a lamb from Steven and Louise Buckley’s Sitlow flock. Sired by Stockton Turbine this lamb, 45Z 14:01407, is out of a dam by Sitlow Centurion and has a terminal index of 3.11.

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And in the class for the ram lamb with the best gigot the winner was Aled and Nia Williams’ lam NCY 14:00410. This Dol-lly Mario son is out of a dam by Rhaeadr Obama and goes back to a dam by Thorneycroft Prince Owain.

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SALES Class 1 - Shearling Ewe 1 Lot 1 - John Pryce 138A:13:010 by Rhaeadr Ram Rod 2 Lot 2 - John Pryce 138A:13:007 by Rhaeadr Ram Rod Class 2 - Ewe Lamb 1 Lot 9 - John Pryce 138A:14:00179 by Lakeview Rambo 2 Lot 5 - Katie Brannen NZD:14:00256 by Tomcroft Crafty 3 Lot 10 - John Pryce 138A:14:00183 by Whitestone Monarch of the Glen 4 Lot 11 - DG Davies PDC:14:00044 by Cairness Geezers Laddie Class 3 - Shearling Ram 1 Lot 15 - VE & BM Samuel & Son Y18:13:017 by Rhaeadr General 2 Lot 14 - TC & CA Harding 239:13:067 by Bentley Patriot 3 Lot 13 - DG Davies PDC:13:011 by Rhaeadr Ere We Go Again Class 4 - Signet Recorded Ram Lamb 1 Lot 155 - S J Buckley 45Z:14:01407 by Stockton Turbine 2 Lot 44 - Messrs S & W Tait T86:14:00763 by Oldmill Lieutenant 3 Lot 177 - R J L Park Y68:14:06241 by Drinkstone Napoleon 4 Lot 130 - TC & CA Harding 239:14:1137 by Bentley Maximus Class 5 - Open Ram Lamb 1 Lot 111 - C J Holmes DND:14:00338 by Cairness Great Expectations 2 Lot 183 - L & M Liggett DBB:14:00454 by Rhaeadr Vodka 3 Lot 58 - George L Stuart 1W:14:01168 by Ballynacanon Commander

4 Lot 43 - S & W Tait T86:14:00745 by Cairness Liam 5 Lot 82 - I & J Barbour FHT:14:00900 by Rhaeadr Rannoch Class 6 - Group of Three 1 S & W Tait 2 L & M Liggett 3 G C Beacom 4 G Stuart 5 C J Holmes Class 7 - Ram Lamb with Best Gigot 1 Lot 123 - Aled & Nia Williams NCY:14:00400 by Mon Woody 2 Lot 186 - L & M Liggett DBB:14:00420 by Rhaeadr Vodka 3 Lot 89 - J J Tooze DYX:14:00152 by Cairnton Correction 4 Lot 30 - G C Beacom FF:14:01300 by Solwaybank Major 5 Lot 35 - Gary M Owen T31:14:00322 by Castlewellan Nutcracker Female Champion Lot 9 - Mr. & Mrs. John Pryce 138A:14:00179 by Lakeview Rambo Male Champion and Overall Champion Lot 111 - C J Holmes DND:14:00338 by Cairness Great Expectations Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion Lot 183 - L & M Liggett DBB:14:00454 by Rhaeadr Vodka Champion - DND:14:00338 Sire - Cairness Great Expectations Dam - DYH:N60 by Cairness Achievement (94170) G. Dam - DYH:J156 by Strathisla Schumacher (91832)

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Lot 162 from JG Douglas sold for 1,400gns

Lot 99 from Myfyr Evans sold for 1,100gns

Sally Holmes receives the Venning Cup

William Tait receives the Gippeswyk Plate

Chris Holmes receives Society Cup & Walton Trophy

Jack Pryce receives the J Straker Chadwick Cup for the best stock ram in the Western Area Flock Competition

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Scottish Branch - Stirling Judge: G. Stuart, Birness Flock Sponsor: Carrs Billington Trade hits 20,000gns thrice as Suffolk average jumps by £366 Suffolk ram lambs met a fierce demand at the Northern Area Sale, Stirling, on Friday 25 July, with prices hitting 20,000gns three times and the average rising by £366.09 on the previous year’s sale. Strong bidding from the very start of the sale resulted in an overall average of £2,237.97 for 145 lambs sold. Speaking after the sale Suffolk Sheep Society Chief Executive Dr Lewis McClinton said it was obvious buyers were looking for a modern type with good carcases, tops and fleshing ability without excessive head and bone. Auctioneer George Purves from United Auctions added “It was a very good show of sheep with strength and depth. Trade was

strong for good sheep throughout the sale and held up right to the end.” The first lamb to hit 20,000gns was FHT:14:00822 from Iain and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock. Sired by Solwaybank Thunderball he is bred from a dam by Rhaeadr Rastafari and his grand dam is a full sister to the Royal and Great Yorkshire Show winner JOD:F16. The successful bidder was Paul Delves from Powys who is returning to the breed. Next to reach this mark was the first prize open ram lamb winner 33H:14:01873 from the Cairness flock of Jimmy Douglas. This Baileys Rock Solid sired lamb is out of a dam by Cairness Cyclone that is an ET sister to

Lot 216 from James C Innes, 1st Prize Novice & Overall Champion sold for 20,000gns

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SALES Cairness Custom Made and maternal sister to the 17,000gns Cairness Diamond Geezer, National Sale champion 2012. He was knocked down to Patrick Donnelly for his Donrho flock and Alfred and Norman Robinson for their Benrafton flock, both Northern Ireland. Jim Innes’ pre-sale champion SUT:14:00848 from the Strathbogie flock also sold for 20,000gns. This Ballynacanon Commander son is out of a Deveronside bred dam by Strathbeg Stan The Man that was purchased for 3,600gns, she was first as a ewe lamb and a gimmer at the Royal Highland Show. He also heads across to Northern Ireland, finding a new home with Gary Beacom’s Lakeview flock, with a share sold to Bryden Nicholson, Knock Farm, Duns. At 19,000gns was Jimmy Young’s sixth prize lamb from the open class K14:14:00892 from the Muirton flock. Sired by Solwaybank Pound Stretcher he is out of a dam by Deveronside Mountroyal. He sold in a four way split to Jim Innes, Strathbogie, Mark Priestley, Limestone, Mary Julia Cornish, Mardle and Robbie Wilson.

Lot 163 from J G Douglas, 1st Prize Open Ram Lamb sold for 20,000gns - P Donnelly photo

Lot 15 from I & J Barbour sold for 20,000gns

Three lambs sold at 10,000gns with AAZ:14:00260, Pat Machray’s third prize open lamb the first to make this price. This Cairness MI5 son is out of a Roundacre Rockstar sired dam going back to the same line as Middlemuir Winston and Glenisla Grimaldi. He was purchased in a two way split by George Stuart, Birness and Jimmy Douglas, Cairness. Mark Priestley’s KPC:14:00457 from the Limestone flock was next at this money, he is by Strathisla Spielberg and out of a dam by Limestone To-Tal, a maternal sister to the 2013 Stirling champion that sold for 78

Lot 254 from James Young, 6th Prize Open Ram Lamb sold for 19,000gns

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SALES 4,800gns. He heads to County Down with Joe Stewart. Further on in the sale Oliver Deane sold PBO:14:00570 from his Mountford flock. This son of the 21,000gns Cairness Great Expectations is out of a dam by Ardlea Arkle that was purchased for 4,000gns from the Cairness Sale last year. Alistair Gault and Dennis Taylor purchased him for their Forkins and Ballynacanon flocks, with this one again heading to Northern Ireland. Lot 69 from P Machray, 3rd Prize Open Ram Lamb sold for 10,000gns

Lot 83 from Mark Priestley sold for 10,000gns

Lot 152 from O&G Deane sold for 10,000gns

Gary Beacom then recouped some of his outlay when selling two lambs from the Lakeview flock at 7,000gns each. The first in was JFF:14:01215, a Malinhead Ice Cold Gold son out of a Cairness Cyclone sired ewe that was purchased from Cairness for 8,000gns. He stood second in the open class in the pre-sale show and was male champion at Balmoral Show. He sold to Sean O’Connor, Southern Ireland. Making the same money was JFF:14:01205, a Solwaybank Major son that was part of the second prize pen of three. He is bred from a Shannagh Shergar dam that is an ET sister to the 15,000gns Lakeview Leeroy and a 4,800gns gimmer that sold in 2012. His grand dam was reserve champion at Balmoral, champion at the Northern Ireland championship and Female of the Year. He heads to Orkney with Keith Hourston, Didcot. Alistair Gault was next in the money with AOR:14:01210 making 6,000gns to Gavin and Scott Brown, Capielaw, Ross Lawrence, Roundacre, and Mike Waycott, Longridge. This son of the 12,000gns Birness Bacardi is out of a dam by Cairness Kanine that was shown as a ewe lamb and gimmer.

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SALES At 5,500gns was 1W:14:01173 the first lamb in from George Stuart’s Birness pen. By the 7,500gns Ballynacanon Commander he is out of a dam by Strathisla Obama. He sold to Andrew Wilson and Willie Tait for their Castleisle and Burnview flocks. Two lambs from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr pen then made 5,200gns, with his fourth prize open lamb the first to sell. By Rhaeadr The Real McCoy he is out of a dam by Baileys BMW that is maternal sister to the female and reserve overall champion at the Royal Welsh Show 2009 to BMW himself. He joins the Rookery flock of Chris and Sally Holmes, Worcestershire.

Lot 218 from G C Beacom, 2nd Prize Open Ram Lamb sold for 7,000gns

Then at the same money A12:14:01014 sold to Gordon Troup for the Whitestone flock. He is also by The Real McCoy out of a dam by Baileys BMW with his grand dam being a twin sister to the 11,000gns Rhaeadr Obsession. Selling at 5,000gns was 1W:14:01118 from George Stuart’s Birness pen. This Ballynacanon Commander son is out of a Meikleson Square Up sired dam. He sold to James Wallace for his Claycrop flock.

Lot 137 from A R Gault sold for 6,000gns

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Lot 219 from G C Beacom sold for 7,000gns

Lot 107 from George L Stuart sold for 5,500gns

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SALES Averages; 145 ram lambs £2,237.97 (United Auctions).

Other leading prices:

Lot 230 from Myfyr Evans, 4th Prize Open Ram Lamb sold for 5,200gns

 4,800gns Jimmy Young’s K14:14:00896 to Angus Wilson, Glenhead  4,500gns Ross Lawrence’s NHL:14:00121 to Barclay and Kenny Mair, Deveronside, and Graeme Christie, Balquhain  4,000gns John Sinnett’s 72H:14:02627 to Tom Fitzsimon, Sunnyhill  3,800gns Tom Fitzsimon’s NCK:14:00368 to Highfields Farming, Collessie, Fife  3,800gns Barclay and Kenny Mair’s NAJ:14:00340 to David Gilmour, Broomknowes  3,800gns George Stuart’s 1W:14:01110 to Stephen Sufferin, Crewelands and Patrick Grant, Fofanny  3,500gns George Christie’s PDN:14:00419 to Messrs Stewart, Kininmonth  3,500gns Campbell and Jason Watson’s 8B:14:00939 to John Midgley, Orion  3,200gns George Stuart’s 1W:14:01142 to Arthur O’Keefe, County Cork

Lot 233 from Myfyr Evans sold for 5,200gns

Lot 110 from George L Stuart sold for 5,000gns

Lot 48 from Ross Lawrence sold for 4,500gns

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Lot 190 from Stuart G Mair & Sons, Reserve Champion sold for 3,800gns

Lot 88 from Tom Fitzsimon, 5th prize Elite Commercial Lamb sold for 3,800gns

Lot 108 from George L Stuart sold for 3,800gns

Lot 126 from GJ Christie sold for 3,500gns

Lot 111 from George L Stuart sold for 3,200gns

Lot 182 from Andrew Wilson sold for 2,700gns

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SALES Class 1 - Ram Lamb (Recorded) 1. Lot 197 - Messrs S & W Tait T86:14:00757 by Oldmill Lieutenant 2. Lot 175 - Anthony Glaves M17:14:02712 by Cairness Cyclone 3. Lot 3 - James Fleming 35N:14:00565 by Cairness Hoy 4. Lot 53 - S J Buckley 45Z:14:01342 by Haddo High Voltage 5. Lot 125 - Antony Glaves M17:13:034 by Cairness Liam 6. Lot 149 - Lilburn Estates Farming P’ship G34:14:18358 by Claddagh Special Blend Class 2 - Novice Class (Carrs Billington Perpetual Cup) 1. Lot 216 - James Innes SUT:14:00848 by Ballynacanon Commander 2. Lot 78 - Patrick Donnelly LRT:14:01058 by Birness Bolt 3. Lot 179 - Andrew Wilson DDX:14:00842 by Shannagh Resolve 4. Lot 258 - RC & JC Watson 8B:14:00939 by Birness Pure Genius 5. Lot 103 - Stephen Sufferin PWN:14:00213 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding 6. Lot 45 - Ross Lawrence NHL:14:00114 by Lakeview Heeza Lord Class 3 - Open Ram Lamb (The Bosomworth Trophy) 1. Lot 163 - J G Douglas 33H:14:01873 by Baileys Rock Solid 2. Lot 218 - Gary Beacom JFF:14:01215 by Malinhead Ice Cold Gold 3. Lot 69 - P Machray AAZ:14:00260 by Cairness MI5 4. Lot 230 - Myfyr Evans A12:14:00991 by Rhaeadr The Real McCoy 5. Lot 199 - S&W Tait T86:14:00727 by Whitestone Hitman 6. Lot 254 - James Young K14:14:00892 by Solwaybank Pound Stretcher

Class 4 - Group of Three Ram Lambs (The Oliver Rose Bowl) 1. Lot 190 by Rhaeadr Red Devil, 192 and 193 by Deveronside Dennis the Menace from Stuart G Mair & Sons 2. Lot 219, 223 and 228 by Solwaybank Major from G C Beacom 3. Lot 197 by Oldmill Lieutenant, 200 by Shannagh Resolve, 201 by Crewelands Crusader II from S&W Tait 4. Lot 17 and 18 by Solwaybank Thunderball, 19 by Solwaybank Goldfinger from I&J Barbour 5. Lot 76, 77 and 80 by Birness Bolt from Patrick Donnelly Class 5 - Elite Commercial Ram Lamb (The Horsburgh Salver) 1. Lot 121 - GJ Christie PDN:14:00449 by Strathisla Stifler 2. Lot 14 - L&D Aiken PAO:14:00120 by Baileys Rock Solid 3. Lot 193 - JH Christie & Son 47D:14:00524 by Cairness Unreal 4. Lot 53 - SJ Buckley 45Z:14:01342 by Haddo High Voltage 5. Lot 88- Tom Fitzsimon NCK:14:00368 by Flodden Magician 6. Lot 101 - Seamus Browne PBH:14:00923 by Cairnton The Cracker Class 6 - Young Handlers (8-12yrs) 1. F Christie 2. E Butler 3. L Reid 4. C Lorimer 5. A Dalgarno 6. G Dalgarno

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SALES Class 7 - Young Handlers (13-16yrs) 1. J Scott 2. D Monarch 3. L Troup 4. J Baillie 5. J Fleming 6. J Fleming Best Ram Lamb (bred in Scottish Area) Society Silver Cup 1. Lot 216 - James Innes - SUT:14:00848 by Ballynacanon Commander 2. Lot 163 - J G Douglas - 33H:14:01873 by Baileys Rock Solid

Breed Championship (The Swan Challenge Cup) Champion Lot 216 - James C Innes SUT:14:00848 by Ballynacanon Commander Reserve Lot 190 - Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:14:00340 by Rhaeadr Red Devil

Lot 45 from Ross Lawrence sold for 1,800gns

Lot 18 from I&J Barbour sold for 1,000gns

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Ballymena Judge: A. Gray, Langside Flock Sponsor: Danske Bank ‘Major’ success for Beacom at Premier event An exceptional Solwaybank Major bred ram lamb belonging to Fermanagh breeder Gary Beacom was the star performer at the Danske Bank sponsored NI Branch Premier show and sale in Ballymena last week. Bred out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach, the eyecatching young ram scooped the top honour in the show ring before going on to achieve the top price of the day, the princely sum of 2,800guineas. The supreme champion attracted considerable interest before eventually being knocked down to Colin Watchman, County Wicklow. Second highest price of the day was paid to Alistair Gault for a Birness

Bacardi bred ram lamb out of a dam by Cairness Scholes. It sold for 1,900gns. Also in the money was Blackbrae flock owner Robert Barkley whose Baileys Brand ram lamb fetched 1,400gns while Matthew Murnion, Newry and Fred Smyth, Limavady sold rams apiece for 1,000gns. Murnion’s impressive ram, the Novice Cup winner and reserve champion, was a son of Birness Bacardi and out of a dam by Limestone To-Tal while Smyth’s stylish young sire was bred by Errigal Simply The Best and out of a dam by Birness The Great.

Lot 69 from G C Beacom 1st Prize Ram Lamb & Champion sold for 2,800gns

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SALES Earlier in the show ring Denis Taylor made it a one-two in the shearling class with year olds bred by Birness Bacardi while a Crewelands Crusader II ram lamb, presented by Omagh breeders Stephanie and William Tait, got the nod from judge, Alex Gray, in the Signet Recorded ram lamb class ahead of Castlederg breeder, Hunter Stewart, who claimed second and third with two excellent rams bred by Rhaeadr Red Bull.

completing the top three in the ram lamb class.

The Rhaeadr prefix was again prevalent in the Novice Cup class as Matthew Murnion registered a first and a second with Rhaeadr Rising Star II sons ahead of Patrick McVerry, Martin Conway and Martin Harkin.

In recent times Major has proved his worth as a top class sire and that was again underlined as Lakeview flock owner Beacom ultimately walked off with the top honour in both show and sale ring.

A packed ring side then caught their first glimpse of the Beacom champion with Leslie Liggett, Drumquin and Fred Smyth

The NI Branch has thanked their main sponsor Danske Bank and Zoetis, who kindly sponsored the prizes.

Next down for decision was the group of three class with Co Antrim breeders Campbell and Jason Watson claiming the winning rosette with a trio of Birness Pure Genius tups. Second and third respectively were Beacom and B & C Dickson with all six rams bred by the 36,000gns Solwaybank Major.

Lot 67 from J Murnion 1st Prize Novice & Reserve Champion sold for 1,000gns

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SALES Class 1 - Shearling Ram 1. Lot 1 - P D W Taylor KKW:13:057 by Birness Bacardi 2. Lot 2 - P D W Taylor KKW:13:056 by Birness Bacardi 3. Lot 3 - Mark Priestley KPC:13:055 by Rookery Rooney Class 2 - Signet Recorded Ram Lamb 1. Lot 35 - S & W Tait T86:14:00775 by Crewelands Crusader II 2. Lot 103 - S H Stewart 105:14:00245 by Rhaeadr Red Bull 3. Lot 105 - S H Stewart 105:14:00277 by Rhaeadr Red Bull 4. Lot 117 - Jean & Ivan Porter BCS:14:00196 by Burnview Power Ranger 5. Lot 79 - Fraser Tweed PPC:14:00176 by Lakeview Good As Gold Class 3 - Novice Cup 1. Lot 67 - John Murnion NSN:14:00207 by Rhaeadr Rising Star II 2. Lot 66 - John Murnion NSN:14:00212 by Rhaeadr Rising Star II 3. Lot 91 - P McVerry PDH:14:00373 by Cairness Achievement 4. Lot 19 - Martin Conway KBK:14:00554 by Forkins Dynamo 5. Lot 64 - Martin Harkin FCC:14:00109 by Cragroe Craftsman 6. Lot 50 - Grant Brothers PNZ:14:00113 by Rhaeadr Ring-A-Ding

Class 4 - Ram Lamb 1. Lot 69 - G C Beacom JFF:14:01283 by Solwaybank Major 2. Lot 10 - L & M Liggett DBB:14:00446 by Rhaeadr Red Bull 3. Lot 63 - Fred Smyth CZY:14:00034 by Errigal Simply The Best 4. Lot 99 - P D W Taylor KKW:14:00506 by Birness Bacardi 5. Lot 113 - Ian Donald - KSX:14:00314 by Lakeview Dancer 6. Lot 59 - RC & JC Watson 8B:14:00949 by Birness Pure Genius Class 5 - Group of Three 1. RC & JC Watson - Lots 57, 58 & 59 by Birness Pure Genius 2. G C Beacom - Lots 71, 74 & 75 by Solwaybank Major 3. B & C Dickson - Lots 106, 107 & 108 by Solwaybank Major 4. L & M Liggett - Lots 12, 14 & 15 by Rhaeadr Vodka 5. P D W Taylor - Lots 95, 98 & 99 by Birness Bacardi 6. P Donnelly - Lots 81, 82 & 84 by Birness Bolt Champion Lot 69 - G C Beacom JFF:14:01283 by Solwaybank Major Reserve Champion Lot 67- John Murnion NSN:14:00207 by Rhaeadr Rising Star II

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Lot 1 from PDW Taylor sold for 960gns

Lot 35 from S&W Tait 1st prize Signet Recorded Ram Lamb sold for 800gns

1st prize Group of Three from RC & JC Watson

2nd prize Group of Three from G C Beacom

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Roscrea Judge: M Stuart, Birness Flock Sponsor: MSD Demand outstripped supply at Roscrea The South of Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society had a bumper Sale at Roscrea Mart when demand outstripped supply. Rams lambs had an 82 per cent clearance with an average price of €1,426gns It was a double celebration for Annakisha & Clyda flocks; Arthur & Susan O’Keeffe, Annakisha, Mallow, Co. Cork and their dedicated family when they took the Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion awards.

January born twin lamb sired by Cairness High Achiever out of a ewe sired by Castlewellan Sportsman owned by Arthur O’Keeffe. This Champion sold for €6,000gns in a three way split to Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, G L Stuart, Birness & P Machray, Middlemuir. Reserve Champion was also a twin lamb sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe sired by Cairness Almighty the Second; owned by Susan O’Keeffe and also sold for €6,000gns to Messrs. Podge & Jack Bolger from Enniscorthy Co. Wexford.

When tapping out the Champions Judge Melvin Stuart of the Birness flock awarded Supreme Champion of the Show to a

To a packed Sales Ring, Tom Cox Auctioneer, dropped his hammer when Thomas McCormack from Strokestown made the

Lot 69 from Arthur O'Keeffe, Male Champion & Supreme Champion sold for €6,000gns

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SALES final bid of €1,250gns for The Female Champion & 1st Prize Shearling Ewe of James & Michael O’Connell’s from the Knockhogan Flock. This was followed by Elizabeth Browne’s Reserve Female Champion & 1st Prize winning Ewe Lamb, of the Everest Flock, securing €1,700gns from Aidan Loftus of Crossmolina. Denis Harrington’s 1st prize winning Shearling Ram sold for €600gns to Patrick O’Sullivan from Dingle. Eamonn Duffy’s Novice 1st prize winner, of the Kells Flock, sold for €1,050gns to long established breeder, Edward Jeffery of the Kilbeg Flock. Andrew Wilson of the Castleisle Flock sold his Lamb Plus Recorded 1st Prize winner for €1,400gns to Michael & James O’Connell of the Knockhogan Flock. John Doherty from The Malinhead Flock sold a January born Solway Major’s son to Maura Loftus for €4,800gns. John sold another January born lamb sired by Lakeview Scolari to Seamus Delaney from Roscommon for €3,600gns. Tom Bailey sold a son of Cairness Diamond Geezer to William Hennessy from Kilkenny for €3,000gns.

Lot 91 from Susan O'Keeffe, Reserve Male Champion & Reserve Champion sold for €6,000gns

Lot 95 from John Doherty sold for €4,800gns

Lot 98 from John Doherty sold for €3,600gns

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Lot 128 from Tom Bailey sold for €3,000gns

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Lot 50 from Seamus Browne sold for €1,800gns

Lot 51 from Seamus Browne sold for €1,800gns

Lot 52 from Philip Lynch sold for €1,750gns

Lot 16 from Elizabeth Browne 1st Prize Ewe Lamb & Reserve Female Champion sold for €1,700gns

Lot 108 from Wm J&R Wilson sold for €1,700gns

Lot 66 from Lexie Kilpatrick sold for €1,550gns

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Lot 99 from S&S Gahan sold for €1,500gns

Lot 46 from Andrew Wilson 1st Prize Recorded Class sold for €1,400gns

Lot 71 from Arthur O'Keeffe sold for €1,350gns

Lot 32 from Susan O'Keeffe sold for €1,300gns

Lot 4 from Michael & James O'Connell 1st Prize Shearling Ewe & Female Champion sold for €1,250gns

Lot 43 from Ann Quirke O'Mahony sold for €1,050gns

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SALES Single Shearling Ewe 1. Michael & James O’Connell - Lot 4 DBJ:13:085 Sire: Knockogan Colorado 2. Marie C Ennett - Lot 6 LZN:13:014 Sire: Solsboro Samson 3. Michael & Aylmer Power - Lot 1 HCP:13:011 Sire: Rhaeadr Berlusconi Ewe Lamb 1. Elizabeth Browne - Lot 16 SND:14:00934 Sire: Errigal Simply the Best 2. Robert & Alan Stanley - Lot 19 X77:14:00594 Sire: Freighduff Grand Slam 3. Marie C Ennett - Lot 21 LZN:14:00614 Sire: Barrowlands Hurricane Shearling Ram 1. Denis Harrington - Lot 24 NZF:13:005 Sire: Cairness Achievement 2. Michael & James O’Connell - Lot 25 DBJ:13:107 Sire: Bawnogue Humboldt Novice Class 1. Eamonn Duffy - Lot 64 C4:14:02053 Sire: Ballynacanon Big Den 2. Doherty Bros - Lot 83 PAS:14:02275 Sire: Lakeview Scolari 3. Lexie & Alan Kilpatrick - Lot 66 PWW:14:02007 Sire: Cairness Diamond Geezer

Open Class 1. Arthur O’Keeffe - Lot 69 R15:14:04277 Sire: Cairness High Achiever 2. Susan O’Keeffe - Lot 91 BYD:14:01746 Sire: Rookery Classic 3. Tom & Jeff Bailey - Lot 128 HJW:14:03776 Sire: Cairness Diamond Geezer Group of Three 1. Susan O’Keeffe, Lots 32, 91, 93 2. Arthur O’Keeffe, Lots 70, 71 & 123 3. Messrs Wm R & J Wilson, Lots 48, 49 & 107 Supreme Champion & Male Champion: Arthur O’Keeffe Lot 69 - R15:14:04277 Sire: Cairness High Achiever Reserve Champion & Reserve Male Champion: Susan O’Keeffe Lot 91 - BYD:14:01746 Sire: Rookery Classic Female Champion: Michael & James O’Connell Lot 4 - DBJ:13:085 Sire: Knockogan Colorado Reserve Female Champion: Elizabeth Browne Lot 16 - SND:14:00934 Sire: Errigal Simply The Best

Recorded Class 1. Andrew Wilson - Lot 46 DDX:14:00879 Sire: Cairness Diamond Jubilee 2. Susan O’Keeffe - Lot 32 BYD:14:01782 Sire: Cairness High Achiever 3. Arthur O’Keeffe - Lot 71 R15:14:04245 Sire: Rookery Classic Lot 24 from Dennis Harrington 1st Prize Shearling Ram sold for €600gns

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Group of Three from Miss Susan O'Keeffe

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Carlisle Judge: M. Pinny, Alloaks Flock Sponsors: Natural Stockcare Ltd & Ovibreed Carlisle trade hits 1,600gns The Carlisle and Northern Counties Suffolk sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, saw a solid trade across all sectors, with averages rising in male and females, including a ewe lamb average which jumped by more than £170 on the year.

growth and power to maximise profits in prime lamb production systems. A solid trade at Carlisle rewarded breeders who have focussed on breeding commercially relevant sheep.”

Suffolk Sheep Society chief executive Dr. Lewis McClinton said trade had been strong across the sale, with well fleshed, well grown sheep in demand from both pedigree and commercial buyers.

Leading the prices was a 1,600gns call for Paula and David Reid’s ram lamb JDX 14:00614 from their Conchar flock. This is a Cairness Custom Made son out of a dam by Cairness Liam. He sold to W Borthwick, Mauchline, Ayrshire.

“As at other sales so far this season trade buyers have been seeking out the lambs with

Taking the same call was the last lamb in the sale from the Dovedale flock of A Hambleton,

Lot 431 from Ashley Bothwell, 1st Prize Ewe Lamb, Female Champion & Reserve Champion sold for 1,000gns

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SALES STZ 14:00002, a Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding son out of a dam by Glenhead Black Diamond which was the top priced female at the Glenhead reduction sale. He was knocked down to R Harrison, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Then trading at 1,400gns was a Strathisla bred aged ram from James Wallace. This was FNV 12:105, a Forkins Figo son out of a dam by Strathisla Schumacher. He found a new home with Colin Wight, Biggar. A pair then sold at 1,300gns, with the first of these being the male and overall champion from Lilburn Estates. This was G34 13:143, a Figo son out of a dam by Roseden Houdini and selling with an inde of 2.50. This one was the choice of F Reeday and Son, Helton, Skipton.

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Carony Columbo son out of a dam by Lakeview Lewis. And making 1,050gns was the best of the day from Pat Machray, a ram lamb by Burnview Bombay. This lamb, AAZ 14:00227 and out of a dam by Middlemuir Messi. He sold to T E Irving and Sons, Kirklinton, Carlisle. Taking a 1,000gns call was Dafydd Pugh Roberts’ shearling ram HOF 13:019. Sired by Solwaybank Sonny Bill he is out of a dam by Strathisla Speed and sold to A and J Riley, Roweltown, Carlisle.

Females

The second one at this level was Steven and Louise Buckley, 45Z 14:01351, a Stockton Turbine son out of a dam by Sitlow Centurion. He went home with B Vance, Whithorn, Newton Stewart.

Leading trade for Suffolk females at Carlisle was Ashley Bothwell’s ewe lamb LXX:14:02124 who sold away at 1,000gns. Having stood female champion she went on to be reserve overall champion. This Sitlow Centurion sired lamb is out of a dam by Threeways Tycoon and was bought by P Sherwen and Son, Gosforth, Cumbria.

Following that Derek Farr spent 1,100gns on a ram lamb from the Thornfleet flock of T A Blair, with this being CWC 14:00180, a

At 900gns was Pamela Lupton’s first prize gimmer KXL:13:005 (lot 410). This Rhaeadr Razzle Dazzle daughter is out of a dam by

Lot 564 Reid Family with their 2nd Prize Ram Lamb sold for 1,600gns

Lot 564 from David & Paula Reid, 2nd Prize Ram Lamb sold for 1,600gns

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SALES Kexbeck Carnival. She was knocked down to P Lowthian, Culgaith, Penrith. Mark Evans followed next and sold Y31:13:068 (lot 414) from his Jubilee flock at 800gns. She is a Strathisla Seville daughter out of a Didcot Dominator sired dam. James Nisbet bought this one to go home to Sorn, Mauchline. Then taking a 650gns bid was another Sitlow Centurion daughter from Ashley Bothwell. This was LXX 14:02109 out of a dam by Garrynahinch Empire and was knocked down to P Sherwen and Son, Gosforth.

Lot 609 from Andrew Hambleton sold for 1,600gns

Averages

    

15 shearling ewes £504.70 11 ewe lambs £444.82 Three aged rams £882 12 shearling rams £699.13 76 ram lambs £550.28 (Harrison and Hetherington)

Lot 559 & 560 from David & Paula Reid, 1st Prize pair of ram lambs

Lot 600 & 601 from S J Buckley, 2nd Prize pair of ram lambs

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SALES Show Results Class 1 - Shearling Ewe 1. Lot 410 - P Lupton KXL:13:005 by Rhaeadr Razzle Dazzle 2. Lot 413 - Mark Evans Y31:13:063 by Strathisla King of Kings 3. Lot 401 - Scott Bourman SFS:13:007 by Rhaeadr First Choice 4. Lot 415 - R W Percival 91:13:001 by Kings Sceptre Class 2 - Ewe Lamb 1. Lot 431 - Ashley Bothwell LXX:14:02124 by Sitlow Centurion 2. Lot 420 - R David Williams R88:14:02135 by Rhaeadr Rubicon 3. Lot 422 - P Lupton KXL:14:00231 by Rhaeadr Skyfall 4. Lot 421 - C M Nelson CJO:14:00003 by Glenhead Titanium Class 3 - Shearling Ram 1. Lot 454 - Lilburn Estates G34:13:143 by Forkins Figo 2. Lot 455 - Dafydd Pugh Roberts HOF:13:019 3. Lot 456 - Tom Fitzsimon HJW:13:014 by Baileys Bacchus 4. Lot 438 - Messrs R & A Harrison BBD:13:002 by Redbrae Neptune

Class 5 - Pair of Lambs 1. Paula & David Reid Lot 559 by Kings Romeo Lot 560 by Rhaeadr Neymar 2. S J Buckley Lots 600 & 601 by Stockton Turbine 3. R F Redpath Lot 584 & 587 by Ewebank Frankel Female Champion Lot 431 - Ashley Bothwell LXX:14:02124 by Sitlow Centurion Reserve Female Champion Lot 410 - P Lupton KXL:13:005 by Rhaeadr Razzle Dazzle Male Champion Lot 454 - Lilburn Estates G34:13:143 by Forkins Figo Reserve Male Champion Lot 458 - Tom Fitzsimon NCK:14:00376 by Landale Dead Lucky Supreme Champion Lot 454 - Lilburn Estates G34:13:143 by Forkins Figo Reserve Champion Lot 431 - Ashley Bothwell LXX:14:02124 by Sitlow Centurion

Class 4 - Ram Lamb 1. Lot 458 - Tom Fitzsimon NCK:14:00376 by Landale Dead Lucky 2. Lot 564 - Paula & David Reid JDX:14:00614 by Cairness Custom Made 3. Lot 551 - I & J Barbour FHT:14:00856 by Solwaybank Casino Royale 4. Lot 550 - I & J Barbour FHT:14:00874 by Rhaeadr Rannoch

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Western Club Show & Sale (Builth) Judge: Jack Pryce, Horton Flock The Western Club Show & Sale took place at the NSA Ram Sale Builth Wells in August, the judge Mr. Jack Pryce, Horton Flock awarded the prizes as follows:Class 1 - Shearling Ram 1. Lot 315 - Andrew Evans, Dol-Llys 2. Lot 313 - T C & C A Harding, Bentley

Class 4 - Pair Of Ram Lambs 1. Lots 317 & 320 - Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan 2. Lots 333 & 334 - Dafydd Jones, Frongoy 3. Lots 329 & 331 - Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill Male Champion Lot 339 - Ve & Bm Samuel, Monkton

Class 2 - Recorded Single Ram Lamb 1. Lot 330 - Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill 2. Lot 323 - T C & C A Harding, Bentley

Reserve Male Champion Lot 330 - Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill

Class 3 - Single Ram Lamb (Trimmed/Untrimmed) 1. Lot 339 - Ve & Bm Samuel, Monkton 2. Lot 335 - Dafydd Jones, Frongoy 3. Lot 319 - Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan

1st Prize Shearling - D G Davies 2nd Prize Shearling - H Turner 1st Prize Ram Lamb - W H Sinnett & Son 2nd Prize Ram Lamb - D G Davies

NSA Late Sale - 22nd Sept 2014

Lot 339 - 1st Prize Single Ram Lamb & Champion from V & B Samuel & Son

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SALES 1st Small Pen - W H Sinnett & Son 2nd Small Pen - D G Davies 3rd Small Pen - H Turner

1st Large Pen - D Jones 2nd Large Pen - G Biddulph 3rd Large Pen - M A Evans

Lot 330 Reserve Champion from Geoff Biddulph Western Club

Lot 748 from S&DJ Williams sold for 1,450gns

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Kelso Out of the 4,271 rams sold at Kelso in 2014 1,056 was a Suffolk. This equates to 24.7 per cent of all rams sold on the day. Suffolk rams grossed £687,490 and averaged £651. Table 1: Ring 8 - Shearlings Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership Roseden & Lilburn G34 Redhead & Watson, Bowsden Moor Brijon X22 E A & L Jackson Rugley Farm, Rugley 10P Mrs I M Fowlie North Essie, Essie H6 Messrs J A Park & Co Drinkstone, Drinkstone Y68 S & G Sutherland, New Channelkirk, New Channelkirk AVR J H C Campbell & Sons Rosebrough, Thrunton 76L J S Dun & Partners Catcune, Catcune 31P K Bailey Dere Street Farm, Easton LVW H Annett Widdrington, Widdrington PHB P & A Wilson Spoutwells, Spoutwells H37 K W Stewart Sharpitlaw, Sharpitlaw Kelso T14 D Martindale Land Farm, Landale KFD J S & J B Mauchlen Spotsmains, Spotsmains FJY J Hepburn & Co Northhouse, Northhouse FOV Mr C D Timm West End Farm, Boothferry 12D

Total £

Top Price

No. Sold

Avg £

£16,150.00

£1,600.00

14

£1,153.57

£35,220.00

£4,500.00

32

£1,100.63

£28,940.00

£2,000.00

33

£876.97

£24,300.00

£1,200.00

28

£867.86

£21,390.00

£1,600.00

25

£855.60

£17,790.00

£2,200.00

21

£847.14

£19,480.00

£1,100.00

25

£779.20

£12,800.00

£1,300.00

18

£711.11

£5,620.00

£950.00

8

£702.50

£9,900.00

£900.00

15

£660.00

£4,440.00

£900.00

7

£634.29

£9,290.00

£900.00

15

£619.33

£13,190.00

£800.00

24

£549.58

£30,180.00

£750.00

55

£548.73

£13,000.00

£900.00

25

£520.00

£2,010.00

£580.00

4

£502.50

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SALES Table 2: Ring 10 - Ram Lambs Total £

Top Price

No. Sold

Avg £

Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership Roseden & Lilburn G34

£8,300.00

£3,500.00

8

£1,037.50

Pamela Lupton Greenholme Farm, Kexbeck KXL

£3,470.00

£2,400.00

4

£867.50

J Douglas Woodhead of Cairness, Cairness 33H

£9,250.00

£3,800.00

12

£770.83

George L Stuart Milltown Of Birness, Birness IW

£7,900.00

£1,000.00

11

£718.18

Gordon A Mackie Drimmie Farm, Drimmie 583

£4,830.00

£2,300.00

7

£690.00

Messrs S & D R Buckley Sittinglow Sitlow 45Z

£5,510.00

£900.00

8

£688.75

S & G Brown Woodhead Farm, Capielaw JTO

£4,930.00

£1,600.00

8

£616.25

R McAdoo 21 Gortnacross Road, Threeways P42

£8,760.00

£1,200.00

15

£584.00

Highfield Farming The Knock

£1,750.00

£650.00

3

£583.33

Mr D W Gilmour Broomknowes, Broomknowes V18

£7,300.00

£800.00

13

£561.54

Mrs R H Goldie Harpercroft, Hapercroft 249

£3,270.00

£650.00

6

£545.00

James Fleming Hallhill, Hallhill 35N

£13,480.00

£2,000.00

25

£539.20

The Hepburn family, Northhouse Flock

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SALES Table 3: Ring 14 - Shearlings Total £

Top Price

No. Sold

Avg £

T & J Elliot, Blackhaugh

£19,580.00

£1,700.00

20

£979.00

J Elliot, Roxburgh Mains

£34,510.00

£1,700.00

37

£932.70

J B Pate, Toxside

£5,200.00

£1,000.00

6

£866.67

Mrs A Campbell, Glenrath

£8,550.00

£1,500.00

10

£855.00

Mr P Gray, Scrogtonhead

£8,150.00

£1,500.00

10

£815.00

Mrs F J Wight, Carwood

£7,690.00

£950.00

10

£769.00

Moor & Son, Nesbit Farm

£10,450.00

£1,220.00

14

£746.43

Mr I Warden, Skelfhill

£4,370.00

£1,800.00

6

£728.33

J Runciman & Sons, Allanshaws

£14,560.00

£1,700.00

20

£728.00

W Pate & Partners, Marvingston

£12,450.00

£1,250.00

18

£691.67

Mr W N Douglas, Catslackburn

£17,110.00

£1,400.00

25

£684.40

A Warnock, Dreva

£4,070.00

£900.00

6

£678.33

Euan Orr, Lawhead Farm

£3,390.00

£780.00

5

£678.00

D S Mair, Kypie Farm

£12,050.00

£1,300.00

18

£669.44

G & M A Lawn, None-Go-Bye Farm

£5,300.00

£950.00

8

£662.50

Mrs J S Laing, Oxmuir

£15,230.00

£1,150.00

23

£662.17

Stewart D Shaw, Smailholm Mains

£2,630.00

£800.00

4

£657.50

W J & J G Bell, Kinninghall

£3,820.00

£720.00

6

£636.67

J M Elliot & Ptns, Woodside

£12,600.00

£850.00

20

£630.00

W D Mundell & Son, Meigle

£6,260.00

£900.00

10

£626.00

J Walton & Son, Preston Mains

£4,990.00

£900.00

8

£623.75

T & J W Renner, Yetlington Farm

£8,080.00

£950.00

13

£621.54

N G Sandilands, 1 Ruecastle

£3,670.00

£800.00

6

£611.67

J F Stott & Sons, Elilaw

£3,000.00

£700.00

5

£600.00

D S Hyslop, Wrangham Farm

£11,170.00

£920.00

19

£587.89

D C & J J Marshall LLP, Blendewing

£5,220.00

£680.00

10

£522.00

S Dunlop, Balminnoch

£4,030.00

£600.00

8

£503.75

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SALES

2014 Sale Averages Minimum 3 Sold N=National, S=Stirling, R=Roscrea, B=Ballymena, Bu=Builth, C=Carlisle Flock

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Sale

Entry

No Sold

Top gns

Avg £

Strathbogie

S

3

3

20,000

£7,472.50

Muirton

S

5

5

19,000

£6,153.00

Rookery

N

7

5

10,000

£4,620.00

Solwaybank

S

7

6

20,000

£4,480.00

Cairness

S

12

8

20,000

£3,373.13

Roundacre

S

4

3

4,500

£3,045.00

Lakeview

S

12

7

7,000 (x2)

£2,760.00

Birness

S

9

9

5,500

£2,689.17

Castleisle

S

4

3

2,700

£2,555.00

Rhaeadr

S

10

5

5,200 (x2)

£2,530.50

Sitlow

N

6

5

4,400

£2,331.00

Forkins

S

4

4

6,000

£2,310.00

Limestone

S

6

6

10,000

£2,283.75

Deveronside

S

5

5

3,800

£2,121.00

Stockton

S

4

3

4,000

£1,960.00

Annakisha

R

5

5

6,000

£1,788.50

Safaddan

N

8

6

3,400

£1,729.00

Balquhain

S

7

4

3,500

£1,653.75

Malinhead

R

8

6

4,800

£1,622.00

Carony

N

8

8

4,000

£1,607.81

Thrunton

S

5

4

2,200

£1,575.00

Clyda

R

8

7

6,000

£1,515.00

Lakeview

N

12

10

3,000

£1,494.15

Baileys

R

3

3

3,000

£1,414.58

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SALES Flock

Sale

Entry

No Sold

Top gns

Avg £

Dol-llys

N

4

4

2,000

£1,338.75

Claycrop

S

3

3

2,500

£1,312.50

Birness

N

4

4

1,900

£1,294.13

Errigal

R

3

3

1,800 (x2)

£1,254.17

Crewelands

S

4

4

2,000

£1,181.25

Shannagh

R

4

3

1,700

£1,181.25

Burnview

N

7

6

1,600

£1,160.25

Ballynacanon

S

8

7

2,000

£1,140.00

Errigal

S

3

3

2,400

£1,137.50

Stockton

N

13

12

1,900

£1,058.75

Solwaybank

N

7

6

2,100

£1,006.25

Sitlow

C

4

4

1,300

£931.88

Monkton

N

4

3

1,000

£910.00

Burnview

S

7

5

1,300

£882.00

Castlewood

S

3

3

1,400

£857.50

Conchar

C

6

4

1,600

£853.13

Forkins

B

4

4

1,900

£853.13

Lakeview

B

8

8

2,800

£834.75

Cairness

N

8

7

1,400

£805.50

Donrho

S

5

3

900

£805.00

Barrowlands

R

4

3

1,500

£802.08

Kells

R

8

8

1,100

£727.44

Rhaeadr

N

12

9

1,100

£694.17

Slackadale

S

3

3

700

£682.50

Blackbrae

B

6

4

1,400

£624.75

Solwaybank

C

7

6

900

£621.25

Middlemuir

C

6

4

1,050

£564.38

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Female Sales Abergavenny Saturday 25 October 2014 The Annual Show & Sale of Inlamb Pedigree Suffolk sheep was held for the first time at the new Monmouthshire Livestock Centre, Raglan. An excellent entry from throughout Wales, the West Country & the Borders attracted a large crowd of buyers and a virtual total clearance was achieved with only 2 lots unsold.

Lot 80 1st Ewe Lamb & Champion from Jack Pryce

The days top selling was for the 1st prize ewe lamb and overall Champion from Mr Jack Pryce, the lamb by Whitestone Monarch of the Glen sold at 1,250gns to Mrs DM Griffiths, Gower. Jack Pryce also showed the 1st prize Shearling ewe, which was by Rhaeadr Ram Rod, and sold at 660gns to A Griffiths, Swansea. In a great pen of sheep he also sold the 3rd prize flock ewe at 700gns and another shearling at 750gns. Lot 19 1st Flock Ewe & Res Champion from Rob Holmes

1st in the flock ewes and Reserve Champion was an entry from Rob Holmes, Exeter, who was reducing his Willmar Flock, the ewe by Monkton Viper went on to sell at 510gns to W Clarke, Llandrindod Wells. Top selling in this consignment was 630gns for a shearling ewe by Donbraid Devil, which sold to JW & CA Turner, Tenbury Wells. A 2012 born ewe made 600gns and was purchased by D Stephens, Holsworthy, Devon.

GS & SB Taylor, Bromsgrove sold to a top of 440gns for a shearling ewe by Stockton Hobbit, which was purchased by E Venning, Fowey, Cornwall. M Waycott, Ashburton sold 8 to a top of 520gns, a shearling ewe by Cairness See the Stars, selling to ML & C Pugh, Eardisley, Hereford.

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SALES SJV Faux, Marlborough, also dispersing, sold to 360gns again for a shearling ewe. Gary Owen, Anglesey sold 7 to a peak of 820gns, a 2009 born ewe by Strathbeg Stan the Man, selling to D Nelmes, Dorchester, he sold another ewe the same age at 800gns to C Lakin, Barry, South Wales.

Ewe lambs from John Sinnetts’ Stockton Flock sold to 550gns, twice, both purchased by M & B Beck, Bridgend and to 500gns from TC & CA Hardings’ Bentley Flock and purchased by P Williams, Kington, Hereford.

Another great consignment came from RB & GM Morgan, Usk who sold a shearling ewe by Strathisla Jubilee at 640gns to T Sparks, Pontyclun, Glam.

Averages

Messrs Hallam & Eggleston sold 7 to peak at 580gns selling to B Trinkl, Germany, who took another at 510gns.

Max 61 Flock Ewes 820 gns 42 Shearling Ewes 750 gns 8 Ewe Lambs 1,250 gns

Av. £365.61 £407.75 £602.44

Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan Flock sold two to a top of 580gns, the 1st a 2012 born ewe

Auctioneers: J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons.

Blessington

The top price of the sale went to Arthur O’Keeffe for Lot 31, an outstanding gimmer who was part of Annakisha’s very successful show team 2014. This gimmer was by Clyda Wishmaster and was carrying twins to Cairness Another Oscar. After brisk bidding this lot was knocked down to Delaney Family Roscommon. The same purchaser also took home Lot 50, a very stylish ewe by Rookery Classic and carrying twins to Birness Attitude for 1,400gns from Susan O’Keeffe’s Clyda Flock. Also from O’Keeffe’s Lot 32 a Rookery Classic gimmer scanned with twins to Birness Attitude was sold to Thomas Kenny Jnr for 1,100gns.

Saturday 1st November 2014 The 5th Annual Production Sale of In Lamb Suffolk’s for Annakisha/Clyda, Barrowlands, Shannagh/Castleisle Flocks was held in Blessington Mart on Saturday 1st November. This sale was an ideal opportunity for both new and established breeders to purchase some of the best and modern bloodlines within the breed today. The excellent quality of stock on offer attracted breeders from both the North & South and it was no surprise that there was an excellent clearance of 97 per cent and average of 650gns. Fifteen sheep make over 1,000gns and there was plenty of bidding for all the sheep on offer.

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by Plasllewelyn Pirate was taken by W Clarke, with the other, a shearling ewe by Rhaeadr Radar and inlamb to Deveronside Dancing Brave being purchased by Paul Fletcher, Kidderminster at 560gns.

A & R Wilson achieved their highest price for an exceptional gimmer Lot 66 by Shannagh Resolve scanned in lamb to Cairness Liam. This ewe was purchased for

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SALES 1,400gns by new young breeders Podge & Jack Bolger for their Coolamins Flock. Another Wilson’s ewe, Lot 40, an embryo gimmer, by Limestone To-Tal and in lamb to Birness Murray was purchased by Brendan & Michelle Caulifield for their newly established Drummin Flock for 1,200gns. The Drumming Flock also purchased Lot 59 for 1250gns from S & S Gahan’s Barrowlands Flock , this was a stylish Strathisla Speed ewe and in lamb to Cairness Hamlet. S & S Gahan also sold another Strathisla Speed three shear ewe carrying twins to Limestone Coronal for 950gns to Michael & Marie Jenning’s Ballygarris Flock. Making its way back Donegal to the Bonyglen Flock of Sean Paul McHugh was a super gimmer Lot65 by Limestone To-Tal selling for 1,200gns and in lamb to Birness Murray. Sean also took home Lot 45 an Ardlea Inspiration gimmer and also in lamb to Birness Murray for 1,100gns. Also going to Donegal from Wilson pen was Lot 64 a Shannagh Resolve Gimmer costing 1,000gns and in lamb to Cairness Jubilee. She went to Jonathan Lucas for his Finnvale Flock and Jonathan also purchased lot 48 for

1,000gns from Susan O’Keeffe, a Cairness Gala Star Gimmer carrying twins to Birness Attitude. Willson’s also secured 1,100gns for Lot 67, a Resolve ewe in lamb to Cairness Liam sold to another young breeder John Oakman for his Lissakillen Flock, also Lot 44 a stylish gimmer by Limestone To-Tal and in lamb to Ardlea Inspiration was sold to John & Esther Gahan’s Barronstown flock and Lot 43 a Cairness Sapphire Ewe carrying twins to Cairness Jubilee sold to McCormack’s Altra Flock. In conjunction with this sale was the full Dispersal Sale of Herbert Stanley’s “Bawnogue Flock”. With 53 years commitment to breeding excellent quality Suffolk’s the support from fellow breeders and enthusiasts on the sale day was no surprise. Twenty three in-lamb second crop ewes made from 420gns to 1,400gns with top price for a Burnview Top Flight ewe in lamb to Crosmanor Ard Ri selling to Seamus Browne’s Errigal Flock, while 14 ewe lambs sold from 300gns to 1,000gns with top price selling to Andrew Wilson’s Castleisle Flock.

Saturday 1st November 2014

UK going to breeders from as far away as Somerset, Devon and Conwall, throughout South and West Wales and into Ayrshire in the North and to Norfolk in the East.

The Wright Marshall 13th Annual Show and Sale of Pedigree Suffolk females attracted an entry of 165 head for its 2014 event of which 150 were forward on the day. A great crowd turned up for the sale, although larger numbers have been seen at previous sales, and the sheep were distributed all over the

Quality was fantastic and there were some very competitive classes at the Farmers Guardian sponsored pre-sale show for Judge, Stuart Davies of the south Shropshire based Beaufort Flock to assess. Stuart awarded his Champion to the first prize gimmer from the Mair family of Turriff, Aberdeenshire. This

4,000gns Twice For Top Sheep at Beeston’s Annual Suffolk Sale

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SALES was for a daughter of Rhaeadr Roger Ramjet whose g.dam had twice been Champion at the Royal Highland Show and had also won her class there on four consecutive occasions. The Reserve Champion was the first prize ewe lamb from Mark Evans of Keighley, West Yorkshire for a February born daughter of Strathisla King of Kings whilst the 1st prize ewe was a two crop daughter of Deveronside Dell-Boy who had previously won Breed Champion at Mid Devon show as a ewe lamb. Two sheep achieved the top selling bid of 4,000gns. The first was for the Champion who was sold carrying twins for Mid January lambing to Rhaeadr Red Devil who won 1st prize shearling tup at the Royal Highland this year and is a son of the record priced 90,000gns Ardlea Arbenning. Writing the cheque for this great gimmer were Mike Davies and Sons buying for their Safaddan Flock based at near Brecon. Also selling at this figure was the first lamb in the pen from Mark Evans of Keighley with a daughter of Strathisla Magician from his Jubilee Flock. She sold to P W Poole of Battlefield, Shrewsbury for 4,000gns. This lamb was not shown in the pre-sale show but Mark Evans’ reserve overall champion was the next top seller in the ewe lamb

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section selling for 1,600gns to Richard Fitton of Kearsley, Nr. Bolton. Other gimmers from the Deveronside Flock of the Mair family sold at 1,350gns and 1,250gns for daughters of Cairness Diamond Jubilee and Forkins Figo respectively and both selling to Mr.Poole. Steve Buckley sold a gimmer by Haddo High Voltage from his Buxton based Sitlow Flock for 1,200gns to H T Turner of Hatton, Derbyshire who also purchased a gimmer by the same sire from Geoff Biddulph’s Pexhill Flock for 1,000gns. The top price ewe was the first in the pen from Jimmy Douglas’s Cairness Flock; she is a four crop daughter of Cairness Cold Play and was carrying twins to Bailey’s Rock Solid. She sold for 1,700gns to John Sherratt. The only other ewe to break the four figure barrier was a one crop ewe by Safaddan Navara selling for 1,050gns to Guto Owen, Pwllheli. Averages:  60 Ewes £491.35  60 Gimmers £608.33  24 Ewe Lambs £590.63 WRIGHT MARSHALL of Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire were the Auctioneers.

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SALES Harrison & Hetherington Limited, Carlisle Friday 7th November 2014 Regular consignors to the Suffolk in lamb show and sale held at Carlisle, Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership, secured the top price of 1,600gns for a gimmer G34:13:087.

down to D & S Smith & Son of Turnberry, Girvan for their Borreraig flock. Averages:  46 Gimmers £414.07  12 Ewe Lambs £494.38  20 Ewes £333.90

This was a daughter of the great Forkins Figo ram and was out of a Roseden Houdini sired mother. This gimmer sold in lamb to Rookery Union Jack and was purchased by TA Blair of Thornton-Cleveleys for his Thornfleet flock based in Lancashire. Ayrshire breeder William Borthwick of the Ballochmyle flock, Mauchline sold his Supreme Champion entry from the pre-sale judging for 1,400gns. This was a ewe lamb, PCA:14:00097, is a daughter of Rhaeadr Neymar and carries both Strathisla and Pexhill breeding on her mothers line. She sold the judge, James Wallace for his Claycrop at Kirkinner, Newton Stewart.

Lot 388 bred by Lilburn Estates sold for 1,600gns to T A Blair

Also from the Ballochmyle pen of Mr Borthwick, another ewe lamb sold this time for 900gns. This was also a Rhaeadr Neymar sired daughter and her dam line includes Cairness Almighty The Second and Crosemanor Commandeur. She is sister to the flocks show gimmer this season and was purchased by M Radford of the Underhurth flock from Barnard Castle. Also selling for 900gns was a three crop ewe offered by Tom Fitzsimon of the Sunnyhills flock based near Dumfries. This Silton Supreme daughter, NCK:11:001, is out of a Glenhead Goodbye bred mother and sold in lamb to Stockton Stirling. She was knocked

Lot 400 Champion bred by William Borthwick sold for 1,400gns to James Wallace

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SALES Burnview Sale Saturday 8th November 2014 The Burnview consignment met a very strong trade. Selling for the second top price of the sale at 3,000gns to Richard Fitton’s Maestro Flock was a Strong Shannagh Resolve gimmer in lamb to the 5,500gns Birness Murray carrying a single. At 2,650gns Andrew Wilson and Tom McCormack paid the third top price for another Resolve gimmer also in lamb to Murray carrying twins. Richard Fitton also purchased the top two ewe lambs at 1,650gns and 1,000gns by Crewelands Crusader. He also purchased the top price flock ewe at 1,200gns. Shaun and Ruth Turkington bid to 1,450gns to secure a Forkins Ferrari gimmer in lamb to Murray. She is a maternal sister to the 16,000gns Burnview B52. There was strong bidding from the group of Belgian breeders taking home no fewer than 18 lots. Averages:  15 gimmers @ £1,126.47  9 flock ewes @ £625.28  12 ewe lambs @ £638.75  36 sold @ £838.58

Lot 2 sold for 3,000gns

Lot 81 Top price ewe lamb at 1,650gns

Lot 46 top price flock ewe 1,200gns

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SALES Lakeview Sale Saturday 8th November Top price Lot 11 sold for 7,800gns to I&J Barbour, a Cairness Classic Fyvie gimmer in lamb to Solwaybank Major carrying twins Lot 13 sold for 1,250gns sold to Neil Watson NI, a Cairness Cyclone gimmer in lamb to Strathbogie Jackpot carrying twins Lot 36 sold for 1,400gns to Brian Dickson NI, a Cairness Classic Fyvie gimmer in lamb to Solwaybank Major carrying twins

Top price Lot 11 sold for 7,800gns to I&J Barbour, a Cairness Classic Fyvie gimmer in lamb to Solwaybank Major carrying twins

to Strathbogie Jackpot carrying a single 18 were sold to Belgium breeders

Lot 42 sold for 1,500gns to Sven Roels, Belgium, a Cairness Cyclone gimmer in lamb

Stirling Female Sale Saturday 15th November The sale was topped at 6,000gns for a Cairness Diamond Geezer gimmer in lamb to Mountford Mustang purchased by Oliver Deane. Cairness also sold at 4,500gns for a Cairness Diamond Jubilee gimmer in lamb to Ballygarvan stud Flashdance, with further three selling at 2,200gns and another at 2,000gns. Deveronside’s consignment peaked at 5,000gns for a Rhaeder Roger Ram Jet gimmer selling to Rachel Wilson, Turriff. Further sales at 3,200gns for another Roger Ram Jet daughter bought by Craig Paterson, Cranna Bridge and 3,000gns to Ross Lawrence, Devon.

22 gimmers sold to average 1,030gns

W H Sinnett & Sons, Stockton sold his consignment of ewe lambs to peak at 4,000gns to G Troup, Whitestone. G Stuart & Sons, Birness selling for the first time sold to a top of 1,100gns to J Nisbet, Sorn Mains. G Christie, Balqhain topped at 950gns to Sarah Finnie. John Christie, West Carse annual consignment sold to 800gns. A feature of the sale were the dispersals from W Lennox, Netherholm and R Neill, Rossiebank. Netherholm ewes sold to 450gns for ewes and for gimmers with ewe lambs to 280gns. A cracking flock of Suffolks from Rossiebank were well received with enthusiastic bidding throughout with ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs all peaking at 1,100gns.

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SALES Northern Ireland Branch In Lamb Suffolk Female Sale Ballymena Mart was the venue for the evening Suffolk sale of female sheep on behalf of the Northern Ireland Branch. The sale was judged by A Barclay, Blackbrae flock. S Sufferin, Crewelands was awarded 1st prize gimmer for a Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding sired ewe out of a Strathisla Stoner dam. She was purchased by P Grant, Newry for 1,300gns. Stephen’s flock also received 1,650gns for his third place gimmer. It was sired by Burnview B52 out of a Cairness Kanine dam. The final bid came from S&W Tait, Burnview flock. The Creweland flock sold seven to average £768. Top price at the sale went to A Gault, Forkins. This Birness Bacardi daughter out of a Cairness Kanine dam was carrying twins to Mountford Mustang. After numerous bidding she was eventually knocked down to the telephone bid of M Davies, Safadden flock from Wales for 3,500gns. Forkins second gimmer, an ET sister to their first lot, was sold for 1,700gns to P Grant,

Champion - Lot 12 bred by Stephen Sufferin and sold to P Grant, Newry for 1,300gns

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Newry. Forkins sold 12 out of their thirteen gimmers entered to average £963. The largest exhibitor on the evening was W Montgomery the outgoing Society President. His Smiddiehill flock brought forward 25 lots. These sold to a top for a Stockton Radar sired gimmer, out of a ewe by Muiresk Dancing Brave, carrying twins to Solwaybank Inspiration. The equal highest price for ewe lambs was paid to L&M Liggett, Carony flock. Their first two lots which were sired by Rhaeadr Vodka and out of a Conveth Royal Flush dams were bought for 2,000gns each by MJ Cornish, Devon. Third highest priced ewe lamb came from the Benrafton flock of AJ & NAJ Robinson, Benrafton flock. This special lamb which had stood first in the ewe lamb class was sired by a Rhaeadr Rossi out of a Jubilee Jethro dam. She was purchased for 1,150gns by D McCaughan, Ballymoney. Overall 84 sheep were presented for sale and 77 were sold representing a 92 percent clearance rate. Sixty two in lamb ewes and gimmers sold to average £569.20 and 15 ewe lambs to average £633.50

Reserve Champ - Lot 18 bred by A R Gault and sold for top price of 3,500gns to M Davies, Wales

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3rd placed Ewe Lamb lot 73 bred by L&M Liggett and sold to M J Cornish, Devon for 2,000gns

1st placed Ewe Lamb, from AJ & NAJ Robinson Benrafton Flock, sold to D McCaughan Ballymoney for 1,150gns

The Three Nations Suffolk Sale held at Carlisle market was an absolute flier

BMW which have consistently bred numerous prize winners and sale toppers. The Rhaeadr flock does not usually sell many females so this sale provided a unique opportunity to source foundation stock.

Of the 88 Suffolk in lamb ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs offered for sale at the 1st three nations sale, 80 were sold as they exited the ring with most of the other eight finding new homes shortly afterwards. This equates to a minimum 91 per cent clearance rate. The ring was packed as buyers from all over the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe competed for some of the top genetics within the Suffolk breed. When you consider that the Champion Charolais bull sold at Carlisle on the same day for 6,000gns was surpassed by two Suffolk females sold at this sale and one the following day it is clear that the demand for Suffolk genetics is increasing. No fewer than thirty five lots were sold for four figure sums. M. Evans has been at the top of the Suffolk breed in recent years having purchased the highest priced Suffolk ram ever sold, Ardlea Arbennig for 90,000gns. This was in addition to Bailey’s Brigadier the Second and Bailey’s

The Northern Ireland contingent, in the form of D. Taylor, Ballynacanon flock and Mark Priestley, Limestone flock, have also stamped their credentials within the breed. A Ballynacanon ram has just won 2014, Sire of the Year, producing the 2014 Stirling champion which was later sold for 20,000gns. The Limestone flock had

Lot 278 7,200gns Evans Rhaeadr

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SALES Champion of the 2013 Stirling sale and brought forward a number of gimmers sired by Rhaeadr Ring a Ding, the first son sold out of Arbennig for 18,000gns. I&J Barbour, Solwaybank flock, was the Scottish representative who produced the 2013 Sire of the Year and had sheep on offer with bloodlines including Cairness Costello a 62,000gn ram. This flock is also in the top echelons of the breed consistently topping sales and shows. The sale topper was the first ewe lamb from the Rhaeadr flock, numerous bidders competed but it was finally knocked down to M&L Liggett from Northern Ireland for use in their Carony flock. This proved an eventful week for the Liggett family having sold two Suffolk ewe lambs at the Ballymena sale for 2,000gns each. Their new addition was sired by Ardlea Arbennig out of a Bailey’s BMW dam. The mother of this lamb had been sold earlier in the sale for 2,800gns bought by D&A Callan, Pembrokeshire. The second ewe lamb from Rhaeadr sold for 4,000gns. This Rhaeadr the Real McCoy sired lamb out of a Rhaeadr Star Turn ewe was purchased by R. Fitton, Bolton. Second highest price at the sale went to an in lamb gimmer from the Limestone flock. This Rhaeadr Ring a Ding sired ewe out of a Kings Theatre dam sold carrying twins to Muirton One Direction the new 19,000gn stock ram at Limestone. This modern Suffolk ram with a tight skin, excellent carcass and silky clean black hair had been highly sought after by numerous buyers as the main pedigree flocks reprioritised what is important in the breed. The final bidder J.C. Innes & Sons, Strathbogie flock. The Limestone flock had the highest average at the sale of £2,257.50, a complete clearance for the nine lots presented. 118

Lot 243 6,500gns Priestley Limestone

Dennis Taylor’s first gimmer in the ring was sold for 3,800gns to B. Nicholson, Highfield Farming Ltd, Berwickshire. This Birness Bacardi sired ewe is out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach and sold carrying a single to Mountford Mustang. In total Dennis sold ten of his eleven lots forward to average £1,092. The best from I&J Barbour sold for 1,100gns to E Paxton from Berwickshire. This Rhaeadr Rastafari sired ewe out of a Rhaeadr Rossi dam sold in lamb to the 14,500gn Rhaeadr Rannoch. Summary: M Evans (Rhaeadr Flock) 20 ewes sold to average £1,299.38 18 in lamb gimmers sold to average £924.58 8 ewe lambs sold to £2,185.31 D Taylor (Ballynacanon Flock) 10 gimmers sold to average £1,092.00 M Priestley (Limestone Flock) 9 gimmers sold to average £2,257.50 I&J Barbour (Solwaybank Flock) 7 ewes sold to average £795.00 5 gimmers sold to average £714.00

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SALES Eamonn Duffy, Kells Flock holds his 1st Production Sale of Pedigree Suffolk Sheep One of the up and coming flocks in Ireland held their first female sale at Carnaross Livestock Market, Kells, Co Meath on Saturday 22 November 2014. This flock has drawn attention over recent years by consistently bringing out modern Suffolk rams with improved carcass traits. This explained why there was a 100 per cent clearance of the fifty lots offered for sale. It is hoped that the sale will be held every two years. The highest price on the day was paid for the third gimmer into the ring. This ewe was sired by Threeways Northern Star and out of a Glenho Pajero ewe. She was knocked down for 840gns to Michael & Marie Jennings, Co Mayo and sold carrying twins to Malinhead Superstar. Well known Suffolk breeder, Seamus Browne, Co Donegal, paid 820gns for a Errigal

Bailey’s Sale Bailey’s 17th annual production sale was very successful with 100% clearance. Buyers came from Germany, Belgium, Holland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Overall 83 ewes were sold for an average of €1,000. Tom Bailey sold 25 ewes averaging €1,150 each with a top price of €4,500 for Lot 17 which was sold to Mr. James Douglas from Scotland, and €4,000 for Lot 20 which was sold to Mr. Seamus Browne from Letterkenny.

Dundee sired gimmer out of a dam by Glenho Pajero. She was carrying a single to Deburca Lewis. Patrick Hillary, Co Galway, also paid the same price for a gimmer sired by Threeways Northern Star out of a ewe by Crosemanor Mr Muscle. She was carrying twins to Deburca Lewis. The first ewe lamb into the ring sold for 820gns. She also heads to the Errigal flock of Seamus Browne, Co Donegal. This enormous ewe lamb was sired by Malinhead Superstar and out of a ewe by Errigal Simply the Best. Mary McKeown, Co Monaghan paid 800gns for a Shannagh Resolve sired gimmer out of a ewe by Castleisle Grandslam. She sold carrying twins to Errigal Ballivor. Fellow Monaghan breeder Thomas Wilson also paid 800gns for another gimmer. This ewe was sired by Burnview Top Flight and out of a dam by Conveth Caramello. 25 Gimmers sold to an average €734.16 25 Ewe lambs sold to an average €395.22

The DeBurca Flock sold 12 ewes averaging €570 each. The Errigal & Carragh Flocks each sold 11 ewes averaging €980 and €815 respectively. The Celtic Flock sold 12 ewes averaging €990 each with a top price of €2,000 for Lot 46 which was sold to Mr. Neville Myles. The Castlewood Flock sold 7 ewes averaging €540 each and the Newwells Flock sold 5 ewes lambs averaging €920 each. We look forward to the next sale - the 18th Production Sale which will be held on Saturday 28th of November 2015.

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Dispersal Sale of the Hazeltree Flock with consignments from Cairness, Whitestone and Stockton flocks It was the end of an era for Sandy Frazer as he dispersed his Hazeltree flock from North Lincolnshire. Sandy is well known on the show and sale circuit and it was no surprise to see a packed ringside as many breeders wanted to show their support. Additional consignments from J Douglas, W&G Troup and WH Sinnett & Sons also ensured a draw for potential buyers. Topping the Hazeltree dispersal was a Cairness Just Lucky sired ewe out of a Thurston Chieftain dam. She sold for 1,600gns carrying a single to Rookery First Choice. The final bidders were A Skead and

C Roots, Dumfries. The same buyers also paid 1,200gns for another Hazeltree ewe, this one sired by Glenhead Noble out of a Thurston Chieftain dam, but this time carrying three lambs to Rookery First Choice. The highest price of the day went to the first ewe forward from J Douglas, Cairness flock. This ewe was sold for 7,500gns to A&N Robinson, Benrafton flock from Northern Ireland. For their money they get a Middlemuir Messi daughter out of a Muiresk King of Diamonds carrying a single Annakisha Achapa. The second highest from Cairness was for a Cairness Achievement

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SALES sired ewe, out of a Meikleson Impression dam carrying a single to Mountford Mustang. She sold for 2,300gns to J&L Scott, Aberdeen. The highest priced gimmer from Hazeltree was 1,200gns for a Cairness Achievement sired ewe out of a Thurston Chieftain dam. She sold in lamb to Solywaybank Just the Job and sold to J Douglas Cairness. Two more gimmers from the pen sold for 1,000gns. The first was paid by J Fleming, Hallhill flock for a Cairness Diamond Jubilee sired ewe out of a Cairness Achievment dam. The second was paid by the Perrinpit flock for a Glenhead Noble sired gimmer out of a Stockton Savannah dam. Both were carrying a single to Rookery First Choice. The highest priced ewe lamb from Hazeltree was 1,400gns. A Skead & C Roots paid this amount for a Glenhead Noble sired lamb out of a Solwaybank Soverign mother. Second highest was 1,300gns paid by R Robinson & Son Ltd, Grimsby. Their purchase was for a Cairness See The Stars sired female out of a Cairness Just Lucky dam. No fewer than six of the Hazeltree ewe lambs sold for four figure sums.

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The highest priced ewe lamb came from the consignment from John Sinnett. His first lamb was knocked down for 3,500gns and was purchased by M Evans, Rhaeadr flock. This impressive Whitestone Footprint sired ewe lamb out of a Stockton Arwell mother had caught the eye of many. The second from the Stockton pen sold for 1,700gns to T Fitzsimons, Sunnyhill flock at Dumfries. For his money he gets a Rhaeadr Mad Man sired female out of a Morris Les dam. Only four sheep from the 114 offered for sale left unsold. This equates to a 96.5 per cent clearance rate. Please see averages below. Sandy Frazer (Hazeltree) 38 ewes sold to average £507.04 19 gimmers sold to average £564.79 27 ewe lambs sold to average £565.83 3 ram lambs sold to average £822.05 J Douglas (Cairness) 10 ewes sold to average £2,157.75 G Troup (Whitestone) 5 ewes & gimmers sold to average £504.00 J Sinnett & Sons (Stockton) 7 ewe lambs sold to average £1,252.50

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Midland & Eastern Branch The Branch has been in the headlines this year: - Sheila Eggleston has been honoured as Society President in 2014, only the third lady in the history of the Society! Sheila has had a busy year not only representing the breed at many events, but also behind the scenes boosting our areas representation on Council. Latterly Steven & Louise Buckleys Sitlow flock was named reserve champion in the National flock competition, a great achievement; & with Hallam & Egglestons Seagrave flock also winning the large flock class it shows the quality in depth of Suffolks in our area.

The Branch Show The Branch show was as usual held in conjunction with the Rutland Agricultural Society show at the beginning of June. Due

Branch Show Breed Champion, David & Julie Inman’s shearling ewe.

to adverse weather conditions prior to the show most of the other sheep classes were cancelled, & we were grateful to the show for allowing us to continue. The classes seem to get stronger every year and Keith Denby was faced with a great show of well filled classes. His eventual champion was a powerful shearling ewe from David & Julie Inman by Forkins Figo purchased as a lamb at the Strathisla dispersal. Reserve went to Liz Needham’s ram lamb by Pexhill Sprinter Sacre. Our traditional branch picnic after the classes took over the whole judging ring, & it was good to see some new faces joining in. The date for 2015 is 31st May, and all are welcome!

Branch show Reserve champion Liz Needham’s ram lamb

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BRANCHES Results: Shearling Ram 1st TC & CA. Harding 2nd G&E Beddie 3rd G&E Beddie

Shearling Ewe 1st D&J Inman 2nd Hallam & Eggleston 3rd M&J Pinny

Group of Three 1st TC&CA Harding 2nd M&J Pinny 3rd D&J Inman

Ewe Lamb 1st M&J Pinny 2nd E Needham 3rd Sam Sharp

Pair Ram Lambs 1st D&J Inman 2nd M&J Pinny 3rd TC&CA Harding

Champion D&J Inman - Shearling ewe

Ram Lamb 1st E Needham 2nd G&E Beddie 3rd D&J Inman

Ewe 1st D&J Inman 2nd TC&CA Harding 3rd D&C Hughes

Shows Roundup There are some great showmen in our area and it is good that flock owners can still find the time to fly the flag for the breed at both County and local level. It was particularly pleasing to see some new faces out this year. The Pinny family won Suffolk show with a shearling ewe by Hallhill Meteoroid (having also won the previous year with the same sheep) The Inman’s repeated their Rutland show championship by taking the ticket at Lincolnshire with the same gimmer, and Geoff Biddulph won Cheshire County with a ewe lamb by Cairness Great Expectations.

Reserve Champion E Needham - Ram lamb

expected were in tremendous form, ewes with good skins & bodies, well fleshed tups, & the ewe lambs were especially admired. It was good to see some new entries in the competition, & more are always wanted! The AGM which followed the view day saw Geoff Biddulph preside over his last as chairman, with Ray Woolway due to take over for the next two years. Many thanks are due to Geoff for his time as chairman & also for his continuing work as our Council representative.

Flock Competition John Campbell kindly judged for us this year. John and Mairi covered most of our large area in a whistle-stop tour, & found his champion flock at Sitlow, thus rounding off a great autumn for the Buckley family. Steven & Louise put on a great show at the view day, entertaining a big crowd of some 90 people with a fish & chip lunch. The sheep as 124

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BRANCHES Flock competition results: Small Flock 1st Kevin O’Donoghue Moss Flock 2nd Anthony Spooner Dieulacresse Flock 3rd Harley Turner Harley Flock

Best Ewe Lambs: Sitlow Steven & Louise Buckley Reserve Best Ewe Lambs: Woolways, Ray & Fiona Woolway Best New Flock: Dieulacresse Anthony Spooner

Medium Flock 1st R.& F Woolway Woolways Flock 2nd Matt Prince Stonedge Flock

Champion Flock: Sitlow, Steven & Louise Buckley

Large Flock 1st S.& L. Buckley Sitlow Flock

Reserve Champion Flock: Woolways, Ray & Fiona Woolway

Best Stock Ram: Haddo High Voltage Steven & Louise Buckley Reserve Stock Ram: Stockton Turbine Steven & Louise Buckley Best Ram Lamb: Moss Conqueror Kevin O’Donoghue. Reserve Best Ram Lamb: Drinkstone Dionysus Matt Prince

Branch Trip 2015 The renowned biennial branch trip will be to Northern Ireland in May. Spaces are limited so early booking is essential. Anyone who is interested in joining us for a very entertaining few days please phone or email Liz Needham. (01476 870223 email: lizneedham@btinternet.com)

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‘THE OLD MASTERS’

STOCKTON ALMIGHTY & STOCKTON OLYMPIC GOLD

SIRES USED IN 2014 BAILEYS GODSEND One of our best lambs in 2014. We sold two shares - Gerry Killilea, Carragh Flock and James Rooney of Benwiskin Flock. He is an outstanding sheep and his off spring are very impressive.

BAILEYS ROCK SOLID One of the best lambs we ever bred - sold privately to Jimmy Douglas 2013. Baileys Rock Solid is out of our Royal Highland Champion 2005 - DDY F60. Two of his sisters sold for €6,000 at our Annual Production Sale.

CAIRNESS THOR Outstanding ET Brother of Cairness Diamond Geyser - Shrewsbury Champion 2012 sold for £17,000

RHAEADR ROSSI • CAIRNESS BOLT

Annual Production Sale 28th November 2015 Enquiries phone TOM BAILEY 00 353 87 255 3195 www.baileyslivestock.com

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Northern Counties of England Branch The aim of the Northern Counties of England Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society has been promotion. At every event and occasion we have promoted the benefits and qualities of Suffolk sheep. Throughout the spring our committee offered sponsorship to livestock markets hosting competitions for pens of Suffolk x lambs. This was well received and the markets involved all sent out good reports afterwards both in the press and online. At the Great Yorkshire Show in July we invite fellow Suffolk breeders, breeders of other sheep and commercial farmers to watch our judging, see the display of Suffolk sheep on show and to share with us hospitality which we are indebted to the committee and the Society for supporting. At this year’s event we hosted the presentation of the Richard Bulmer Memorial trophy for the first time; we were pleased to have both his children Jonathan and Sarah to present the magnificent glass trophy. This was won by JJ Tooze, Spittal Flock . It was also good that Jack Bulmer’s son Robert, accompanied by his wife Linda, were able to present The Jack Bulmer memorial trophy for the best pen of sheep in the show; this was also won by J J Tooze, Spittal Flock. Our members were appreciative that our President Shelia Eggleston was with us to not only judge the sheep but promote the breed.

Our sale at Carlisle on the 8th of August 2014 was very well supported by members with a good entry. It was particularly pleasing to have some new faces, both as exhibitors and buyers. The penning, inspections and overall management of the sale was very good, and we are indebted to our committee members who help on such occasions. The sheep presented were of a high standard and were very ably judged by Merrick Pinney. At a meeting following the sale the committee were of the opinion that we need to do more advertising for next year’s sale (see sale report section). Our judge for the area flock competition was Liz Needham from the ‘Norman’ Flock. Liz found her champion flock in the lower extremities of our area. Sandy Frasers ‘Hazeltree’ flock from North Lincolnshire was adjudged champion flock.

Sandy Fraser Open Day November 2014

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BRANCHES Best Ewe Lambs 1st County Turf Ltd – (Hazeltree) 2nd Geoff Richmond (Sullom) 3rd Emma Robinson & Michael Radford (Underhurth)

It was very fitting for Sandy to win, as later in the season his ‘Hazeltree’ flock was dispersed at Carlisle. All present and past members of the area committee are indebted to Sandy for his commitment to the Suffolk breed and support at many meetings and events over the years. We all wish Sandy the very best in his retirement.

Champion Flock County Turf Ltd (Hazeltree)

Please find below the results of our annual flock competition.

Reserve Champion Flock Brian & Darren Jones (Thurston)

Large Flock 1st County Turf Ltd (Hazeltree) 2nd Geoff Richmond (Sullom)

Our AGM took place along with the flock completion viewing and prize giving day. The committee and officers were re-elected and a lively discussion followed on our future direction and how we promote the breed even better. I wound the meeting up by thanking the committee for all their support and Michael Armstrong, with his wife Helen, who together form a strong secretarial team organizing the Northern Counties of England Branch and enabling it to run like clockwork.

Medium Flock 1st Brian & Darren Jones (Thurston) 2nd G L Riby (Stonehills) 3rd Howard Dowson (Castlegrove) Small Flock 1st Jimmy & Anne Irving – (Glenreiver) 2nd Emma Robinson & Michael Radford (Underhurth) 3rd Barbara Teasdale (Arohanui)

Geoff Riby

Best Stock Ram 1st County Turf Ltd – ‘Cairness Solid Footprint’ 2nd G L Riby – ‘Safaddan Royal Flush’ 3rd County Turf Ltd – ‘Rookery First Choice’

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Scottish Area Branch Grass Tech Event, Phewlands Farm, Elgin An estimated 5,000 people attended a very successful day at Grasstech organised by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society on 27th May kindly hosted by the Anderson family. Sincere thanks must go to the North East Club and indeed all those who helped organise and run the stand on the day.

Scotsheep 4th June Despite the horrific weather at this year’s event held at Quixwood Farm, Duns kindly hosted by the MacFarlane family, an estimated 6,500 people turned out to brave the conditions. The Suffolk stand was very busy throughout the day with crowds admiring the sheep on the stand kindly supplied by John Campbell, Thrunton, the ‘guess the weight’ competition was very popular and everyone who visited the stand enjoyed sampling the delicious home baking very kindly supplied by Paula Reid. Suffolk’s also sold very well at the multibreed auction which rounded off the day thank you to those who entered sheep and enhanced the promotion of the breed on the day. Thanks to everyone who helped make this day such a success without you it would not be possible.

Royal Highland Show The Highland Show basked in glorious sunshine for four days this year which made the event even more successful and enjoyable! Gary Beacom from the Lakeview flock had the honour of judging a superb entry of Suffolk sheep which were a credit to all of the exhibitors. Taking the championship for the second year in a row

was Iain & Judith Barbour with their mighty Rhaeadr Rastafari sired ewe. Reserve overall champion was awarded to the male champion exhibited by the Mair family, this powerful ram lamb was sired by Rhaeadr Red Devil. Both of these animals then teamed up to make a very successful duo winning reserve overall in the Interbreed pairs! Also a special mention to Finn Christie, Balquhain flock for winning champion young handler at the show well done Finn!

Junior Stockjudging Competition Once again we had a great turnout to support our annual stockjudging event on the Thursday afternoon of the show. Master Judge this year was Mike Black, Collessie who made a great job of placing the four classes. Results were as follows: Up to 21 Years: 1st Gregor Hiddleston 2nd James Fleming 3rd James Scott Team of Three up to 21 Years: 1st Gregor Hiddleston, James Fleming, Harry Griffies 2nd David Moir, William Moir, Kenny Mair 3rd James Scott, Amy Dalgarno, Grant Dalgarno Over 21 Years: 1st Jimmy Young 2nd George Stuart 3rd Heather Machray

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Team of Three over 21 Years: 1st George Stuart, Melvin Stuart and Jimmy Young 2nd Kenny Mair, Ron Wilkie, Jimmy Douglas 3rd David Reid, Ross Dowie, Roy Hiddleston

Young Handlers Section

Well done to all the prizewinners also thanks to United Auctions for their generous sponsorship of the event and to all the Scorers, Stewards and of course our Master Judge. We look forward to seeing you all again at this very sociable event!

A very professional, enthusiastic bunch of young handlers took part once again in this popular competition. Winning the senior section for a second year running was James Scott, Junior Section was won by Finn Christie. Well done to everyone who took part!

Nicolson. There were fireworks again when Jimmy Young received 19,000gns at the end of the sale for his Solwaybank Proud Stretcher sired lamb. Overall the sale averaged £2,237.97 for 145 lambs sold.

Scottish Area Branch Show and Sale

AGM

With three lambs selling to 20,000gns, one at 19,000 gns and a further three at 10,000 gns resulted in the sale average rising by £366.09 on the previous year’s sale. The first lamb to make the magical five figure sum was Iain & Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank Thunder sired lamb which sold to Paul Delves. Champion from the previous days show came from first time consignors Jim Innes & Sons, Strathbogie flock for their Ballynacanon Commander sired lamb. This powerful lamb also sold for 20,000gns to G Beacom with a share being bought by B

At our annual AGM Melvin Stuart stepped down as Chairperson with Paula Reid now taking over the reins! Stewart Lathangie was voted on as Vice Chairperson. Miss Judith Barbour and Mr William Fleming were due to retire from committee however Mr Fleming would remain as Ex Offico from Society Council, the successful nominations were Mr John Henderson and Mr James Wallace. Judith Murray (Secretary)

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Northern Ireland Branch NI Branch makes its presence felt in 2014 The Northern Ireland Branch continued to make its presence felt in 2014 and another successful season ended with Packie Donnelly creating history by becoming the first member to win the prestigious UK National Flock competition a second time. In 2012 the Donrho flock walked off with the top honour and in November it was officially announced the Rathkenny breeder had repeated the Gary Beacom 1st prize ram lamb & Champion remarkable feat in securing chairman Gary Beacom whose outstanding the coveted Bristol Gold Cup. In fact, it was shearling ewe, bred by Cairness Classic Fyvie, another exceptional year for the Co Antrim not for the first time walked off with the top breeder who won the male, female and show accolade. team of the year honours at the end of season awards. The following month the same ewe claimed the champion rosette at the prestigious NI Closer to home Philip Kennedy’s, Cavangrove Championships held at Armagh Show, flock captured the top honour in the Branch pipping an eye-catching Birness Bacardi bred flock competition, winning the under-30 ram lamb from the Ballynacanon flock of ewes and stock ram categories - with Denis Taylor, to the top prize. Cairness Custom Made, en route to securing the champion rosette. Reserve was Patrick At the beginning of August Lakeview flock McVerry, the Benview flock of Geoffrey owner Beacom was back in the headlines Douglas was judged winner in the over-30 when a Solwaybank Major bred ram lamb ewes category while Stephen Sufferin won was top dog in the show and sale ring at the the ewe lamb section. Danske Bank sponsored NI Premier Show and sale at Ballymena Livestock Mart. The first major outing of the year was again the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show, now This exceptional Major lamb edged out firmly established at the Maze site. But while Matthew Murnion’s impressive Birness the setting had changed there were still Bacardi lamb on the way to being crowned plenty of familiar names featuring among champion before being sold for a top price the rosettes. And none more so that Branch SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2015 YEAR BOOK

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BRANCHES of 2,900gns to Colin Watchman, Wicklow. Second highest price of the day of 1,900gns was paid to Alistair Gault for another Bacardi lamb. Members continued to make their mark on the UK mainland with Carony flock owners Mervyn and Leslie Liggett scooping the reserve honour at the National Show and Sale in Shrewsbury with an outstanding Rhaeadr Red Bull lamb. NI Branch members swept the boards in the Group of Three class with Stephanie and William Tait, Omagh claiming first prize ahead of the Liggett and Beacom stables respectively. Not to be outdone the up and coming generation also had their say in 2014 with Eoin Butler clinching the RC Watson Perpetual Trophy for winning the nine years and under section in the young handlers’ competition, while Kirsty Magennis collected the SH Coleman Perpetual Shield after finishing top of the pile in the 10-14 years category.

Packie & Rhonda Donnelly - National Flock Competition Winners

The stock-judging honours, following competitions at Balmoral Show and the NI Championships, went to Lee Beacom in the under-18 section while Wendy Liggett, emerged victorious in the 19-25 category to claim the William Montgomery Perpetual Shield. The curtain came down with the annual female show and sale which proved a raging success at Ballymena. Seventy seven of the 84 lots were sold with 62 in-lamb ewes and gimmers averaging £569.20 and 15 ewe lambs averaging £633.50.

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South East Branch Following my report for the 2014 year book, the Branch’s year re started in a similar fashion. Members travelled to the annual female sale at Abergavenny, with the Champion again returning to our Branch. This time it was Peter Rycraft who secured the winning ewe lamb, for his Greencross flock. It’s always encouraging to see members investing in their flocks and the theme continued through to the 2014 National Sale at Shrewsbury. The early summer appointment, for our branch flock visits, continues to be popular. Members travelled to Churt, in Surrey, to see the Greencross flock. This was an opportunity to see the 2013 reserve champion Suffolk flock, along with the farms Southdown flock. It was an interesting day and members joined to also celebrate our hosts birthday, whilst weighing up some of the competition for the 2014 show rings! This year saw the start of a new competition, introduced by Ali Smith, for the highest scoring flock in the show ring. Points could be scored in the key South East shows and started with the Surrey County. There was a fantastic turnout, throughout the season and the points took some adding up! Dianna Lindon came out on top and points were close for second and third. It’s great to see our breed being so well represented and again, we were pleased to see new faces in the show ring. Members new and old had a keen eye on progressing their flocks by investing at the National Sale in July. With 10 new lambs returning to the area, it will be interesting to see what each produces as we look

Diana Lindon with the branch show and sale Judge, Keith Manning and her champion ram lamb

forward to seeing the 2015 crop of lambs. In September, some of us were able to re coup funds by entering the branch show and sake at the Dolphin Fair, in Ardingly. We are grateful to South East Marts for accommodating us and hope that the strong trade proved that we are breeding the right tups for the market. Dianna Lindon took the championship, with a tremendous lambs and Peter Rycraft took the reserve spot with a powerful shearling. Stephen Elsworthy (Monkleigh) assisted by his wife Marion judged this years flock competition. A total of 13 flocks, located from the Isle of Wight to Bedfordshire entered, which amounts to one third of the Suffolk flocks in the South East area. Well done to Diana Lindon (Wymbleton) for winning the champion flock for the fourth year in a row, with Peter Rycraft (Greencross) taking reserve.

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BRANCHES Other prize winners were: Small flock: C. Kniestedt, Bushleigh Ewe lambs: Diana Lindon, Wymbleton Senior stock ram: Thomas Hodges, Muirton Mistro Ram lamb: Peter Rycraft - Burnview lamb Homebred ram lamb: Peter Rycraft, Greencross lamb It is very encouraging to see 3 new/novice flocks enter the winner was Kenny Titmus Millside Flock.

Tom Blunt with his shearling ewe picking up the championship at Kent County Show

Our thanks to go Stephen and Marion for all their efforts driving round a very large area to judge the flocks.

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South of Ireland Branch 2014 was a very pleasant year for sheep farmers; blessed with good weather; no outbreak of Schmallenberg Disease and good clearances at sales left the Irish Suffolk Breeders very happy. It is uplifting to open the year’s events with a prize and Susan O’Keeffe of the Clyda flock was the happy and worthy recipient of the Champion of Champions’ Award 2013 for the South of Ireland Branch of Suffolks. Susan was presented with her Trophy, Medal and cheque by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture at the RDS in February 2014. This event was followed on 4th of May by the Hall of Fame Awards; the 2014 nominee was Paddy Purcell, born in 1920; commenced breeding Suffolks in 1978; worked as a very diligent Committee Member of the South of Ireland Branch from 1987 to 2000. Even though Paddy has now retired from actively Breeding Suffolks the dream of producing the perfect ram continues in his Comeragh Flock. The Branch extends its congratulations to both Susan & Paddy.

2014 venue for their National Championships. Susan O’ Keeffe from Mallow took home the John Joe Mitchell Memorial Cup for the third successive year for her Supreme Champion Shearling Ewe the progeny of Cairness Gala Star. This Champion Female is the daughter of Susan’s 2012 Supreme Champion Ewe. The Reserve Champion was bred and exhibited by Arthur O’Keeffe. This outstanding untrimmed January born ewe lamb sired by Rookery Classic also captured 1st prize in the Untrimmed Ewe Lamb Class. Arthur also bred and exhibited the Male Champion; Reserve Male Champion and 1st Prize winner was sired by Cairnton the Cracker from Seamus Browne’s Donegal Errigal Flock. Declan Mangan from Tuam Co. Galway captured the 1st prize in the Novice Ram Lamb Class while Elizabeth Browne from the Everest Flock in Co.

The Branch’s AGM was held In Athlone on 8th May. TJ Broderick retired as Chairman after steering the Branch in a very concise and positive direction for the previous two years. The Branch wished TJ well as he vacated the chair. Jimmy Screene from the “Windfield” Flock replaced TJ and laid out his plans for the Branch for the coming two years.

Donegal brought home the 1st prize rosette for her Novice Ewe Lamb. This lamb was also selected as the winner of the Trimmed Ewe Lamb Class. This year a young handler’s class was introduced; Peter Boland from Clonmel and Aisling O’Mahony from Ballygarvan, Co. Cork went home very happy with their trophies. The Branch is indebted again to both Greenvale Animal feeds and Volac for their ongoing sponsorship. Our judge for the day was the very experienced Edward Jeffery of the Kilbeg flock.

The South of Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society choose the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships Gorey on 24th May as the

A very informative open day was held by S & S Gahan of the Barrowlands Flock in July. This event included preparation of sheep for Shows and Sales; Judges views on winning

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BRANCHES points; Junior and Senior Stock Judging; as well as speakers on Animal Health, Nutrition and Flock Management. This event was an ideal opportunity for breeders new and established as well as commercial breeders to enhance their skills. Thanks to the Gahan family for their hospitality on the day. The Branch had a bumper Sale at Roscrea Mart on Saturday 2nd August when demand outstripped supply for Shearling Rams. Rams lambs had an 82 per cent clearance with an average price of €1,157gns. It was a double celebration for Annakisha & Clyda flocks; Arthur & Susan O’Keeffe, Annakisha, Mallow, Co. Cork and their dedicated family when they took the Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion awards. When tapping out the Champions Judge Melvin Stuart of the Birness flock awarded Supreme Champion of the Show to a January born twin lamb sired by Cairness High Achiever out of a ewe sired by Castlewellan Sportsman owned by Arthur O’Keeffe. This Champion sold to Jimmy Douglas from Scotland and realized €6,000gns at the sale on Saturday. Reserve Champion was also a twin lamb sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe sired by Cairness Almighty the Second; owned by Susan O’Keeffe and also sold for €6,000gns to Messrs. Podge & Jack Bolger from Enniscorthy Co. Wexford. To a packed Sales Ring, Tom Cox Auctioneer, dropped his hammer when Thomas McCormack from Strokestown made the final bid of €1,250gns for The Female Champion & 1st Prize Shearling Ewe of James & Michael O’Connell’s from the

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Knockhogan Flock: this was followed by Seamus Browne’s Reserve Female Champion & 1st Prize winning Ewe Lamb, of the Errigal Flock, securing €1,700gns from Maura Loftus of Crossmolina. Denis Harrington’s 1st prize winning Shearling Ram sold for €600gns to Patrick O’Sullivan from Dingle. Eamonn Duffy’s Novice 1st prize winner, of the Kells Flock, sold for €1,050gns to long established Breeder Edward Jeffery of the Kilbeg Flock. Andrew Wilson of the Castleisle Flock sold his Lamb Plus Recorded 1st Prize winner for €1,400gns to Michael & James O’Connell of the Knockhogan Flock. John Doherty from The Malinhead Flock sold a January born Solway Major’s son to Maura Loftus for €4,800gns. John sold another January born lamb sired by Lakeview Scolari to Seamus Delaney from Roscommon for €3,600gns. Tom Bailey sold a son of Cairness Diamond Geezer to William Sweetman from Kilkenny for €3,000gns. At Tullamore Show on the 10th August the Branch engaged in the Irish Farmers Journal Heifer and Hogget competition winning 1st prize in the Class. The National Ploughing Championships were held again in 2014 at Ratheniska Stradbally. Sheep from the Flocks of S&S Gahan & Greg Rossiter graced the stand as well as two exceptional ram lambs from John Hanly’s Freighduff Flocks. Other Sales in Roscrea & Tullamore were more successful than in previous years which proves an appetite for returning to the use of Suffolk Ram is very much to the fore. The introduction of the STAP Scheme in 2013 was a major factor in the interest shown by

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BRANCHES commercial farmers as it brought home the importance of using a recorded Suffolk Ram. The Scheme grew in 2014. The Clubs within the branch have beavered away in carrying out their functions in informing members of developments in the Society, organising club sales, shows and championships within their respective areas while ensuring the Suffolk Breed is at the forefront of the sheep industry.

The commitment and dedication of the Irish Suffolk breeders is recognised by the Branch in their ongoing promotion of Suffolk Sheep. Their continued solidarity and support has driven the breed forward again in 2014. It is of the greatest benefit to every breeder to strive to build up their flocks, to improve the standard or rams produced in order that they can always meet the demands of their customers.

Ireland is delighted that the number of sheep is increasing steadily and is edging its way back incrementally to the all-time high of the 2006 figures. Through a higher demand both in the Irish and export market the total number of sheep slaughtered in 2014 was up by an average of 14%.

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Western Area Branch The Branch Flock Competition was held in the Spring for the first time, the awards from the Judge, Mr John Barker were as follows:

Best Shearling Ewes 1st Jack Pryce, Prenafal 2nd W H Sinnett & Son, Stockton Court

Small Flock 1st Jack Pryce, Prenafal, Trefnanney, Meifod, Powys 2nd Dai Harvey, Erw Bryn, Builth Wells, Powys

The ‘Vedw’ Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Ewe Lambs 1st W H Sinnett & Son, Stockton Court, Stockton On Teme, Worcs 2nd A E Weaver & Son, Perrinpit Farm, Frampton Cotterell, Glos

Large Flock 1st W H Sinnett & Son, Stockton Court, Stockton On Teme, Worcs 2nd A E Weaver & Son, Perrinpit Farm, Frampton Cotterell, Glos

The ‘J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons’ Perpetual Challenge Cup For The Best Stock Ram (with progeny on the ground) 1st Lakeview Rambo (96914) - Jack Pryce 2nd Conchar Pr (95615) - W H Sinnett & Son

The ‘O.P. Williams’ Perpetual Challenge Cup For The Champion Flock Winner: W H Sinnett & Son, Stockton Court Reserve: Jack Pryce, Prenafal

Judge’s Special Prize ‘Best Ram Lamb’ - A E Weaver & Son The presentation of awards took place at the National Show & Sale Dinner at Shrewsbury in July.

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BRANCHES Chairman’s Report Helen Davies - Western Area 2014 In my second year as Chairman we have seen the Western Area members take part in the Spring Flock Competition which I hope will continue in 2015 with more flocks encouraged to enter and take part. The summer shows and sales proved to a big success for many members especially Dafydd Jones from the Frongoy Flock who won the Royal Welsh and went on to do well in the Interbreeds. The change of the autumn ewe sale to a Saturday proved very popular with many old and new members supporting it. At our AGM I was elected Chairman for another year and look forward to seeing

Lakeview Rambo – Horton Flock

members out and about in the 2015 season. Please make a date in your diary for NSA Welsh Sheep – Tuesday 19th May at Glanmiheli, Kerry, Newtown, Powys where members will be made welcome at the Suffolk stand.

Mr. & Mrs. Morgan kindly provided sheep for the Suffolk stand at Eurotier in Hanover, Germany. Mike Adams co-ordinated this export to German buyer Dr. M Ruther

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Border Suffolk Club Judged by experienced stockman John Buchanan from Lanarkshire, the 2014 Border Club Show was extremely well supported from both sides of the ‘Border’. Champion and Reserve were both females. Having won the Groups, Roseden & Lilburn Estates took the tricolor with their classy, quality Gimmer from a large, strong class. Reserve Champion was a fresh, feminine ewe lamb brought out by the Kelso based Westmuir Flock, again from an exceptionally good class. Young Connor Laing fought off experienced opposition to secure the junior handlers’ title, which rounded off a good show for the Laing family who also won with their Ewe. Placed 1st & 2nd with well-grown tup lambs, a 3rd

with her classy gimmer and 4th with a ewe lamb, incoming Secretary Caroline Nelson’s Rosepark Flock took the ‘Small Flock’ award for the second year running. Classes at this Annual evening Club event, most generously supported by “Natural Stockcare” and held within the sale ring at Wooler Mart, filled the width of the circular ring to capacity. The Club is indebted to John Swan (Auctioneers) for again kindly loaning their facilities. John Buchanan commented that he was delighted to see so many good sheep on display. Following judging, Chairman Micky Walton made a presentation to retiring Secretary Hannah Wilson, whom we wish well in her new career. In the autumn, to further promote the commercial use of the Breed in the district, the Club supported two very successful cross-Suffolk pre-sale shows, held in conjunction with top local Auctioneers ‘John Swan’, which were extremely well supported and much commended by the judges, the commercial vendors and indeed, by the purchasers.

Roseden & Lilburn Esates Champion Gimmer at 2014 Club Show

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CLUBS supporters welcome – not only to the show, but to the relaxed and congenial ‘social’ which always follows! Also for 2015, the Club plans a group trip to the Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral. Interested parties please contact either Caroline or Micky.

Winning pen of suffolk sired ewe lambs at John Swans Autumn Female Sale

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Central and West Scotland Club The AGM was held in early March at the Hollandbush Golf Club, Lesmahagow. The evening commenced with a most enjoyable Buffet Supper followed by our guest speaker Mr Jim Warnock who brought a few smiles to faces with his stories after a long winter. The AGM saw John Christie (Westcarse) remain as Chairman and Fiona Wight (Carwood) remain in the position of Vice-Chairman. I remained in my position as Secretary.

1st prize Aged Ewe, Female Champion & Supreme Champion from I & J Barbour at Highland Show

Champion Flock David and I hosted a very successful Flock view day in June 2014 after the Conchar Flock had won the 2013 Flock Competition. A buffet lunch was provided and enjoyed by all. A large turnout of members and friends viewed the well presented flock followed by our usual stock judging competition. Our master judge was Mr Ronnie Black (Collessie). The Gents and Overall winner was Iain Barbour with an excellent score of 229/250. The joint Ladies winners were Stephanie Ryder and Claire Johnston with 200/250. There were also joint winners in the Juniors Jenna Reid and Leah Dickon. A guess the weight competition went to a three way split with John Barker, Stephanie Ryder and Alastair Haining winning the prizes.

(Westcarse) first prize ewe lamb reigned supreme with reserve champion being awarded to the first prize ewe from W and A Hutchon (Greatness). Best opposite sex to the Champion and Best Gigot was awarded to the first prize ram lamb from Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills).

Prime Lamb Competition Stirling Market (Caledonian Marts) Champion - J Millar, Lochend, Port of Monteith, Stirling Lanark Market (Lawrie and Symington) Champion - T Laird, Sunnyside, Cumnock Stirling Market (United Auctions) Champion - C Smith, South Flanders, Kippen Ayr Market (Craig Wilson) Champion - A McMillan, Burnbank Farm, Dalrymple

Club Show

Royal Highland Show

The Show was held in Lanark Market in June and our judge was Gordon Turnbull ( formerly Cookstead). John Christie’s

Members of our club again received top awards at this year’s show, Eva Jane the outstanding homebred ewe by Rhaeadr

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CLUBS Rastafari from Iain and Judith Barbour took Female Champion, best animal bred by exhibitor and went on to claim Overall Suffolk Champion for the second year running. She went on together with a Ram Lamb from Deveronside to take Reserve Interbreed Pairs. The 1st prize Gimmer from Gregor Hiddleston went on to win Reserve Female Champion.

Great Yorkshire Show Gregor Hiddleston’s (Irongray) first prize Gimmer went on to win Reserve Overall Suffolk Champion.

of 1,600gns to W Borthwick (Ballochmyle)

Kelso Ram Sales J Fleming (Hallhill) achieved top club member price of £2,000 and £1,600 for 2 Ram Lambs and Scott and Gavin Brown (Capielaw) had a top price of £1,600.

Dumfries and Galloway Young Handlers Our youngest member Gregor Hiddleston won the Overall Young Handlers Competition sponsored by BOCM at Langholm Show.

Club Show And Sale Lanark Market National Sale - Shrewsbury Club members Iain and Judith Barbour had a top price of 2,100gns for a Ram Lamb by Rhaeadr Rannoch.

Judge Ed Campbell (Thurnton) placed the 1st prize Ram Lamb from J Buchanan (Prettsmill) Champion and David Gilmour’s (Broomknowes) 2nd prize Ram Lamb Reserve Champion.

Scottish Area - Stirling Sale Iain and Judith Barbour sold their top Ram Lamb to Paul Delves (Bridgeview) for 20,000gns, joint top price of the sale. Fellow members Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) and James Wallace (Claycrop) achieved 3,800gns and 2,500gns respectively for their ram lambs. The (Claycrop) lamb sold to members J Christie (Westcarse) and W Fleming (Hallhill).

Carlisle Sale Club members did exceptionally well in the judging ring at Carlisle with Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) ram lamb taking first place and reserve male champion and later selling for 900gns. A ewe lamb from Ashley Bothwell (Smithston) was first in her class and took reserve overall and sold for 1,000gns. Paula and David Reid’s (Conchar) pair of ram lambs were also first prize in their class. The second prize ram lamb from Paula and David Reid (Conchar) went on to sell for joint top price

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The Hamish Stoddart Shield for the highest average for 3 lambs or more was awarded to D Gilmour (Broomknowes).

Flock Competition This years judge was Lester Peel from the Silton flock. With 9 flocks entered the most for many years, Lester had a tough challenge ahead. Awards were presented to the following after a Dinner held at O’Neills, Lockerbie. Small Flock 1st W Borthwick (Ballochmyle) 2nd W Haining, (High Drum) 3rd = J Lundy (Lundazi) 3rd = W Borthwick (Bankend) Medium Flock 1st J Cannon (Redbrae) 2nd S and G Brown (Capielaw)

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CLUBS Large Flock 1st T Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) 2nd J Christie (Westcarse) 3rd E Dowie (Islay) Best Female (excluding Ewe Lambs) J Cannon (Redbrae) JKA 13-060 Evandale Trophy for the Best 5 Ewe Lambs 1st W Borthwick (Ballochmyle) 2nd J Christie (Westcarse) 3rd S and G Brown (Capielaw) W Borthwick Ewe Lamb winners

Best Stud Ram S and G Brown (Capielaw) - Forkins Fantastic Champion Flock J Cannon (Redbrae) Reserve T Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills)

National Flock Competition Congratulations must go to William Borthwick (Ballochmyle) who won the Sainsbury Cup for the best Ewe Lambs and also the John Long Cup for best Flock up to 30 ewes. Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) was reserve champion for the Chebsey Cup (Progeny Group), received a certificate of merit in the Lloyd Cup for his ewes as well as a Certificate of Merit for his Ewe Lambs. Paula and David Reid (Conchar) were also

awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Keeble Cup for their flock of ewes.

Sire Of The Year Solwaybank Poundstretcher was reserve Sire of the Year and Solwaybank Major was Northern Ireland’s Sire of the Year, a great achievement for Ian and Judith Barbours breeding. The Show Points Trophy was won by Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) with a total of 50 points. Reserve was W and A Hutchon (Greatness) with 47 points. Many thanks to all who have helped and supported the Club in 2014 and a special thanks to all our sponsors.

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Dyfed Club 2014 proved to be a very successful year for members of the Dyfed club with some very notable successes in the show ring. Dafydd Jones (Frongoy) took champion Suffolk & Supreme group in Cothi Bridge, Champion Suffolk & Supreme group in Aberystwyth and then went on to take both male & female champions, then Champion Suffolk with his outstanding yearling ewe at the Royal Welsh culminating in supreme lowland and reserve supreme in the pairs. John Griffiths’s (Tir) 3 year Ram old took champion Suffolk, champion native and reserve Interbreed at Pembrokeshire County. Other successes at the one day shows were had by Arthur Morgan & family, Christine Vaughan, Scott Davies and Steffan Thomas. A very enjoyable evening was had in August when members of the Dyfed club joined members of the Welsh Border Counties club for a stock judging competition held at The Morgan family’s Llangeview flock. The club held its annual breeding ram show & sale at Llanybydder mart on 26th September. Judge for the evening was Mr Neil Perkins Dinas Island. Wyn Morris took the ram lamb class and Arthur Morgan & family took the Yearling class with Wyn Morris’s lamb taking overall champion. Prices achieved were £580 for Arthur Morgan’s yearling and £500 for Huw Thomas’s lamb. This year’s flock competition was well supported and kindly judged by Mr Dai Harvey.

Wyn Morris (Fronfraith) with Champion Ram Lamb at Club Show & Sale

Results are listed below: Best Novice Flock 1st Mr Euros Davies 2nd Mr Scott Davies 3rd Mr & Mrs Eric Symmonds Best Small Flock 1st Mr Euros Davies 2nd Mr Scott Davies 3rd Mr Steffan Thomas Best Large Flock 1st Mr & Mrs John Griffiths 2nd Mrs Christine Vaughan 3rd Mr Huw Thomas Champion Flock Mr & Mrs John Griffiths Reserve Champion Flock Mr Euros Davies

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CLUBS Best Yearling Ewes 1st Christine Vaughan 2nd Mr & Mrs John Griffiths 3rd Mr Huw Thomas Best Ewe Lambs 1st Mr Euros Davies 2nd Mr & Mrs John Griffiths 3rd Mrs Christine Vaughan Mr Huw Thomas Flock Competition Cup Winners

Best Stock Ram 1st Mr & Mrs John Griffiths 2nd Mr Euros Davies 3rd Mr Huw Thomas

The Dyfed club would like to extend thanks to all who supported the club in 2014 and look forward to a successful 2015.

The year was rounded off by the annual dinner and awards at the Roadhouse Restaurant.

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East Down Club 2014 proved to be another busy year for the east down Suffolk club. The year commenced with the March meeting. Peter Thompson from Dervock came along and gave the members a very interesting talk on the AI and ET procedures. There was a good turn out of members which was very encouraging to see. The flock competition was next on the agenda and Gary Beacom Chairman of the NI Branch and owner of the renowned Lakeview flock kindly agreed to be judge for the day. He travelled from the Ards peninsula to co Armagh taking in the hospitality at each flock and looking at the well presented sheep put before him. After deliberating he announced the prize winners and awarded the champion flock accolade to Philip Kennedy with Patrick McVerry receiving the reserve champion award. The East Down Championships were this year held on farm and combined with the annual bbq. It was a tremendous success and seemed to be enjoyed by all. William Montgomery very kindly opened his farm to the club for the proceedings and the Doherty brothers from Malinhead very kindly travelled to Co. Down to judge the championship show. There was a superb turnout of sheep put before the judge and each of the classes had

a pleasing number of entries. On this occasion it was Patrick McVerry who reigned supreme with his gimmer and Tyrone Linden with his ewe lamb who stood reserve. The male champion was a ram lamb from Anthony Patton and the pair of lambs was won by Tyrone Linden. In the Young Handlers it was Ryan Grant who picked up the winning ribbons. The overall show team of the year award was won by Anthony Patton. Well done everyone and thank you for bringing out your sheep it was good to see the event so well supported. After the highlight of the showing the evening was rounded off with a superb bbq. The steaks were sizzling and the craic was mighty and everyone enjoyed the festivities. There was a stock judging competition and the 3 category’s were men, ladies and under 18. Patrick McVerry was triumphant in the mens class with Naomi Patton leading the ladies and it was the Patton boys who went

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CLUBS head to head in the under 18 class with David coming first and Mark a very close second. The new mart in Markethill was the venue for the next event. This being the third sale which the club held in Markethill. The well turned out line up of sheep was judged under the expert eye of James Steele. The champion of the night was a super ram lamb exhibited by William Montgomery and the reserve ribbons were scooped up by Ivan Porter trade was still a bit slow but hopefully if we continue to build on this sale we will bring it to the standard of the Hilltown sale. The annual show and sale in Hilltown was next on the agenda. A large entry of lambs was met by strong demand for the lots on

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offer. The sale ended with a 73 per cent clearance and the average up by ÂŁ7 per head on last year. Ian Donald kindly agreed to take on the role as judge for the evening and gave his first red rosette to Raymond Clements for an outstanding shearling. The gigot class was won by Des McGarry who also went on to take the first prize honours in the ram lamb class as well. The pair of lambs was won by Norman Robinson and Ian then awarded the championship ribbons to Des McGarrys ram lamb class winner, Patrick McVerry was reserve champion with the second place ram lamb. The year ended with the annual dinner and prize giving which was once again well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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Eastern Club Inter-Club Quiz As victors last year, it fell to us to organise the inter club quiz this time around. Seven teams enjoyed a sociable evening whilst also attempting to answer the 6 rounds of varied general knowledge questions. The eventual winners were a team representing Seabrook ESSC Trimming & Show Preparation Event Farms who took the honours by 1 point from runners up the Carcass Competition Eastern Suffolk Sheep Club second team. The Another very successful carcass competition ESSC first team came third. Supper was was held this year at CJ Byford, Little Clacton. generously sponsored by Mr Graham Ellis of Twelve pure Suffolk lambs and thirteen Colchester Livestock Market. A charity raffle crossbred lambs were entered in the 4 classes raised ÂŁ170 which was sent to the RABI which were judged by Mr Brian Wilson from Somerset Flood Relief appeal. Hockley, Essex. At the viewing Mr Wilson commented on the wide range of lambs on view, (weights ranged from 12 to 27 kg!) and explained the various jobs that the lambs could be used for. He said that for his Champion he was looking for the ideal lamb for the retail butcher trade which would suit his farm shop. After the prize giving seventeen members and friends enjoyed a meal together. With thanks to main sponsor Chris Meekins Ruminant Nutrition.

ESSC 2014 Carcass Competition Champion

The class winners were as follows: Pure bred Suffolk lambs - heavy class 20 kg and over 1st MJ & CG Cook, Furtherford Flock Pure bred Suffolk lambs – light class under 20kg 1st R Partridge & Son Ltd, Kersey Flock

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CLUBS Crossbred lambs sired by a Suffolk ram – heavy class 20kg and over 1st BED Skinner & Mrs E Cameron Crossbred lambs sired by a Suffolk ram – light class under 20kg 1st WMA James Champion Carcass: Pure bred light from R Partridge & Son Ltd Reserve Champion Carcass: Crossbred heavy from BED Skinner & Mrs E Cameron

Summer Meeting The club has recently gained several new members and it was at the home of one these that we met for a trimming and show preparation demonstration where experienced showmen Jim Creswell and Gordon Beddie shared their vast knowledge. Many thanks to Jim and Gordon as well as Helen and Martyn Bateman for hosting, showing us their sheep and providing an excellent tea.

John Jiggens Trophy

Prince Harry meets Suffolk Sheep, part of the Suffolk Trinity on show at the Suffolk Show May 2014 Front: Andrew Pinny (Alloaks flock) Young lad: Sam Sharp (Sams Flock) Back: Alice Partridge (Kersey Flock)

This trophy is presented by the Club to the member with the most successful show team at our two local County shows in Suffolk and Norfolk, both of these county shows were well supported by Suffolk Breeders in 2014 and the worthy winner of the Jiggens Trophy were Gordon and Bettie Beddie (Breckland flock). Ian Bradshaw’s Narborough Flock was runner up.

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Gloucester and Adjacent Counties Club Ten Pin Bowling Our club year for 2014 started, after everyone finished lambing in the ten pin bowling arena at Worcester. This is always a time to catch up and discuss the joys and tribulations of lambing. In the bowling lanes the most consistent performer and the one to beat was again Andrew Fletcher.

AGM In April we held our AGM where Mark Gatehouse completed his stint as chairman. Afterwards we had a very interesting and informative talk on “the pathway to AI“ from Ian MacDougall of Innovis.

Club on Tour This year the club missed out on our annual weekend tour apart from two intrepid explorers in Jane Whitehouse and Isobel Branston who ventured up to North East Scotland and joined the Tup tour. Meanwhile a few others from the club joined up with the Midland club to view Viv Samuel’s Monkton flock. Thanks to the Midlands for allowing us to gate crash and to Viv for an excellent show of sheep and tremendous hospitality. It was then back to Chris Holmes and the Rookery flock to see this years prize winning lambs.

Flock Visit Our next flock visit was just before the National Show and Sale. It took us into Wales and over towards Brecon to view the Saffaddan flock of Mike Davies and sons. Here again we saw an excellent show of sheep , some of which also showed good favour at the National in the prices achieved. Thanks to

Mike and family for allowing us to come and for the brilliant hospitality.

Club Show Late summer we were invited by the Welsh Border Counties club for an inter club stockjudging competition at Roger Morgan’s at Usk. Whereas the stockjudging for us was not that successful it was a good social evening and thanks to Roger , Glynnis and family for royally looking after us.

Flock Competition Our flock competition was judged by Peter Derryman of the Yarcombe flock , Devon. Thanks to Peter and Kathy for giving up their day to tour the flocks. Peter found his champion flock with Steve Pierce and reserve with Phil Smith. The other cup winners are as follows: Best ewe lambs: Steve Pierce Best stock ram: Paul Fletcher’s Strathisla Olympic Gold II Best ram lamb: Jane Whitehouse’s Alloaks Sylvester Best progeny group: Steve Pierce’s Rookery Rabble In October we challenged the Charollais sheep club at skittles. After a fun evening we declared ourselves the winner by 11 pins with Sid Taylor taking the prize for the highest score. Future events planned are a talk by Wilf Retter of Heygates Mill on sheep nutrition in November. The following month is our Christmas meal before lambing is upon us once again.

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Midland Suffolk Club The first event on the Club calendar in 2014 was the AGM held at Kilworth Springs Golf Club. This year members were treated to an insight into the genetic breeding programme at Innovis and how it all began. Matt Harding, the Innovis Business Development Manager (England) to use his full title, but also of Bentley Suffolk fame gave a talk about the direction that Innovis are taking their sheep breeding programme and the competition for ram sales that it brings. The Club’s champion carcass in the 2014 competition was awarded to Ray Woolway and reserve to M.J & J.A Pinny. The competition was held later in the year to normal but despite this the quality of carcasses on show were a credit to both the breed and breeders. Those who attended the presentation evening were treated to a butchery master class from Matt and Robert Morris – thankfully all fingers remained intact. With the Branch not holding a farm visit this year, the Club decided to visit the Monkton Flock of Viv Samuels during the spring. Despite the weather being extremely poor on the day, those members who attended were treated to fantastic hospitality and the stock despite the conditions where a credit to the Samuels Family.

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The Club’s autumn meeting centred on the area’s one and only flying vet, Mr Mike Thorn. Mike will be known to some of you through his practice based in Rutland, Leicestershire. However, his story of his origin in Rhodesia through to how he became a vet with a helicopter in Rutland is probably not a story known to most. I would recommend his tale is well worth a listen if you have the chance, as I sure those members who attended the meeting will second. As normal the final event of the year was the Christmas Dinner which as normal was well attended by members and gave everybody one last social before the onset of lambing. Best wishes to all members for 2015.

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North Antrim & East Londonderry Suffolk Sheep Club Our club has had another busy year with many club members busy promoting the breed at local events with several travelling to sales on the mainland. The club year started with our AGM when Robert Hanna remained as Chairman for a second year. At this meeting we had a representative from our local Chest Heart and Stroke Association who received charity funds raised by the club, we were given an insight how these funds would be used to support this very worthy cause. One of our members Peter Thompson and local Veterinarian from Knockanboy sheep breeding services gave us an excellent presentation on embryo work which brought our AGM to a close. We moved into the new season with a very well supported Prime Spring Lamb competition at Kilrea Market in early April, the event sponsored and judged by Lamonts Family butchers in Cullybackey was won by an excellent pair of Suffolk cross lambs by A Mark which fetched £120 each. Summer Show Team – As a club we are blessed with a very strong and dedicated group of breeders who represent the breed with great distinction and we are proud of their achievements. The club show team of the year at our local shows as always is eagerly awaited to see the very high standard of sheep presented. Individual overall Sheep Interbreed awards at local shows have been achieved by the Watson family at Ballymoney show with Packie Donnelly taking the Interbreed title at Limavady show.

The Clubs overall show team of the year award was won by Packie Donnelly’s Donrho flock with the Watsons Bannview flock taking reserve. The Clubs first ram sale was held at Kilrea Livestock Market in early Sept. The judge for the evening was Mr Sam Coleman. He selected J McKays ram lamb as his overall champion with reserve going to the ram lamb from H & D McCaughan. Trade peaked at £650 for a smart ram lamb from the Watsons Bannview flock. Our final ram sale was held in Armoy livestock market at the end September with club member Rodney Blair having the task of judging at the pre sale show. He selected RC & JC Watsons shearling ram as his overall champion with J Hegartys Shearling taking reserve which also topped the trade at £900. The club flock competition was held in October several days before our annual dinner dance at the Bushtown House Hotel in Coleraine. This competition was judged by Mr Arnold McClure. After we had enjoyed an excellent meal Arnold announced his results. He told us of the very high standard in all sections with champion flock awarded to Packie Donnellys Donrho flock and reserve overall flock awarded to RC & JC Watsons Bannview flock. Congratulations to Packie Donnelly Donrho on winning the Bristol Gold Cup for the second time.

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CLUBS The Dinner Dance brought the curtain down on another very busy year and we all look forward to 2015, we wish all our fellow Suffolk breeders a successful lambing and look forward to meeting you all again at events next year.

The club wish to record their sincere thanks to the many sponsors who continue to support the club at all its events and to everyone who supported the club in 2014.

All exhibitors in the North Antrim & East Londonderry Suffolk Sheep Club flock competition with master judge Arnold McClure and his wife Lorna

Young Eoin Butler receiving a gift from Club Chairman Robert Hanna in recognition of young handlers success at events at local and national level, included are Arnold & Lorna McClure

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North East Scotland Club Our yearly activities got under way in March when we welcomed Willie Thomson a Nutritionist with Harbro, and Patrick Machray, the Chief Executive of Aberdeen and Northern Marts. This was a very informative evening followed by a welcome cup of tea and a question and answer session. Winners of the competitions over the summer were as follows:Lambing % - Pat Machray, Middlemuir Prime Lamb - Ian Moir Easter Carcase Lambs - G L Stuart, Birness Kenny and Lucy Mair were reserve champion at the Royal Highland Show and in the Stock judging Jimmy Young was the highest place individual with Heather Machray and George Stuart 2nd equal In the team judging George and Melvin Stuart and Jimmy Young were the winners and Kenny Mair, Jimmy Douglas and Ron Wilkie were runners up.

Carcase Winners - GL Stuart

Stock Judging Winners for the 2 out of 3 stock judging held over the summer (Highland Show ,Tup Tour and Echt Show) were Juniors James Scott Biffie and Senior Jimmy Young Muirton

Summer Trip Sadly we did not manage a trip this year but a few of our members joined the Tayside Club on their visit to the Macgowan family farm at Incheoch Blairgowrie.

Flock Competition Judged by Stewart Lathangie of the Pyestone Flock, the Champion went to the Lochton Flock of C & M Bruce and Andy & Susie Simpsons, Strathspey Flock took Reserve.

Tup Tour This years tour took us to the Flocks of Graeme Christie Judith Lorimer and finally Gordon Troup where we held our annual BBQ ,the usual high standard of sheep were on display stock judging winners were Junior Jacob Henderson , Ladies Christine Croal and Gents Melvin Stuart.

Flock of under 15 Ewes Craig Paterson, Cranorskie 15 - 30 Ewes AJ& W M Norrie Slackadale 31 -60 Ewes A & S Simpson Strathspey

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CLUBS Over 60 Ewes Gordon Troup Whitestone Best Flock of ewes A & S Simpson Strathspey Best Ewe Lambs Craig Paterson Cranorskie Best Stock Tup Middlemuir Messi P Machray,J Douglas and G Troup Best Ram Lamb Ballygarvanstud Flash Dance P Machray and J Douglas

Flock Competition 2014 Prize Winners

Pair of Gimmers 1st Alfie Stuart 2nd Gordon Troup

Champion C & M Bruce Reserve A & S Simpson

Ewe Lambs 1st and 2nd Messers Machray Middlemuir

Following our dinner and presentation of Trophies for the year we held our AGM. The following office bearers were elected:Chairman Doug Donald Vice Chairman Rory Machray Sec/Treasurer Evelyn Young P.R. Allison Dalgarno

Christmas Classic Gimmer Class Classes were judged by Steven Sutherland and results as follows:

Champion Alfie Stuart 1,200 gns Reserve Andrew Knox 850 gns Ewe Lambs sold to a top of 500 gns Finally congratulations to fellow club members Irene Fowlie and the Machray Family on their success in the National Flock Comp.

1st Single Gimmer 1st Andrew Knox Haddo 2nd Alfie Stuart Davishill 3rd Gordon Troup Whitestone

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North West Suffolk Breeders’ Club As another lovely summer draws to a close, it’s that time of year again to let you know what the North West Suffolk Breeders Club has been up to. Due to everyone getting busier and busier, we had to hold our main events in a different order this year, commencing with our Club Show, again held courtesy of Lancaster Auction, at the end of May. Our Judge Lester Peel was presented with an excellent turnout of sheep, and finally chose for his Champion a ewe lamb from Jim Irvings Glenriever Flock. This had been sired by Ballynacannon Bandicoot and was out of a homebred ewe by Carnforth Clansman. Reserve Champion was a tup lamb from Alan Blairs Thornfleet Flock and Luke Denby won the Young Shepherds Cup. The event concluded with the usual delicious Jacobs Join lunch, followed by the prizegiving. The following week saw us setting off down the M6 in sheeting rain to visit the Lindum Flock near Melton Mowbray. Fortunately, just as we arrived, the sun came out for us to enjoy the Inmans generous BBQ lunch and then inspect their sheep in glorious sunshine.

Jim Irving with his Champion Ewe Lamb at the Club Show

George Riley receiving his stockjudging prize at the Flock Visit to the Lindum Flock

Many thanks to the Inman’s for organising a great visit for us, including a stock judging event which was won by George Riley. The end of June found us all heading off up the M6 in the other direction up to the Soulsby family, Williamsgill Flock for our BBQ and Stockjudging event. Guest Master Judge Hamish Curries’ scoring of the sheep was most nearly matched by Michael Radford who won the Club Cup. Many thanks to the Soulsbys for putting on such a splendid event – complete with marquees and gazebos! Still to come we have our AGM in November when I will be standing down as Secretary – after 22 years, its possibly time for some fresh ideas! We will also be co-operating with North West Auctions in holding an In-Lamb Ewe Sale later in November . Our final event will be our Christmas Dinner in December, always a most enjoyable event before the rigours of lambing are upon us. The North West Suffolk Breeders Club continues to be an important and dynamic feature of the farming scene in our area, and we continue to welcome both new starters and more experienced breeders at all our events.

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Shropshire & Montgomery Club The AGM took place in the spring and Graeme Hardman was elected Chairman with Jack Pryce taking the role of Vice Chairman. Rupert Farmer was welcomed to the committee. Welshpool Auction held its Spring Lamb Competition in April with the winners spending their vouchers at the Ram Sale later in the year.

Stock Judging A stock judging evening was arranged by the Chairman and his family. The Hardman family had put on a super event and members and friends enjoyed the barbeque and the stockjudging proved entertaining as we had to try our hand at a pen of cross bred lambs. The winner of the Ensdon Salver was Helen Davies. Many thanks to Barry Llewellyn who stepped in as Master Judge at the last minute. Shows and sales then took over with breeders enjoying success both in the show and sale ring.

Ram Show & Sale The Annual Show and Sale on behalf of the Shropshire & Montgomery Area Suffolk Club took place at Welshpool Livestock Sales on Thursday 2nd October with an entry of 108 in the catalogue. 95 were forward on the day and 91 sold. The Show was very kindly sponsored by Farmers Guardian, Maelor Feeds Osmonds, J Sherratt Farm Supplies and Bibbys. The overall average was up £24.75 on the year with the 91 rams selling to an average of £440.32. A top price of 820gns was achieved for the 1st prize and reserve

Champion Yearling from Jack Pryce

Champion Ram Lamb, from Jack Pryce, Horton selling to Jackie Payne, Trehelig, Welshpool and also from the same home another Ram Lamb making 750gns. To Cairness and Whitestone flocks. The Yearling Rams topped at 700gns for a 3rd prize Yearling Ram from T S Cox, Tomcroft, T S Cox also had another to 700gns. The Champion yearling from J Pryce sold for 640gns. Mr C Roberts, Nesscliffe judged and placed the rams as follows: Aged Ram 1st P Davies, Briars Flock 2nd M Howard, Cosward Flock 3rd A Davies, Hugmore Flock Yearling Ram 1st J Pryce Horton Flock – Champion 2nd J Pryce Horton Flock 3rd T S Cox, Tomcroft Flock Ram Lamb 1st J Pryce Horton Flock - Reserve Champion

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CLUBS 2nd J Pryce Horton Flock 3rd T S Cox, Tomcroft Flock The flock competition did not take place this year due to lack of entries.

Social Events A trip to Stonehouse, Brewery, Oswestry saw 23 members and friends enjoy a tour of the brewery along with sampling the fine beers on offer and enjoying a ploughman’s supper, this is a trip I would thoroughly recommend. The year was rounded off with a successful dinner at the Sweeney Hall Hotel, Oswestry. The M Gatt cup for the most points gained at the shows and sales went once again to Jack Pryce – Horton. The Horton Flock has had tremendous success this year in the Western Area and National Flock competitions along with the champion Female at the National sale and Monmouth sale. Both Jack & Helen would like to thank everyone for the support they have received during this year after Audrey passed away at the beginning of 2014; it has been very much appreciated.

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Reserve Ram Lamb from Jack Pryce top price 820gns

I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Club over the year and wish you all a successful 2015. For further information please contact Helen Davies on 07976 803066 or email helen@arddleensuffolks.co.uk

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Tayside Club The AGM was held in March with a meal which was attended by 22 members. Tommy Macpherson was elected chairman for the next two years. Speaker for the evening was Ronnie Black, Collessie who gave us a very interesting talk on his Suffolk flock and sires used since the Collessie flock was started 53 years ago.

went to Leslie Learmonth, Oathlaw with his 2nd prize pair of heavy lambs weighing 48kgs and selling for £124 each. Our thanks must go to East Coast Viners for sponsoring the class prize money, Lawrie & Symington for sponsoring Champion & Reserve and to Jim Farquharson for sponsoring the new class.

Members had a new class to enter at the Prime Lamb Competition which was held in May at Forfar Market by kind permission of Lawrie & Symington. This was for a single lamb, pure or sired by a Suffolk. Jim Farquharson, The Horn kindly sponsored this class which was won by Tom Howden, Stanley with a pure Suffolk lamb weighing 48kgs and selling for £124. Tom Howden also won the champion pair with a pair of heavy lambs weighing 47kgs and selling for £146 each to Scott Brothers, Dundee. Reserve

This year we were joined by the North East Scotland Club for a visit to Incheoch by kind permission of the McGowan family. We enjoyed a trip around the farm on a tractor and trailer, with a stopover undercover due to a shower of rain, where we viewed Simmental and Luing cows and calves and Texel and Lleyn ewes and lambs. Stockjudging classes and refreshments followed this, with the usual ‘discussions’ taking place with official judge for the day, Robert McNee.

Mike Black, Jim Howie (Judge), Roy Nicol (Starlyne-sponsor & speaker) Tom Sands & James Scott

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CLUBS Our last event of the year was our annual flock and ewe lamb competition. Mr Jim Howie, Hillend was our official judge and he toured the area viewing 9 flocks. At our autumn meeting he presented the prizes to the winners. Results were: Small flocks Ewes - Tom Howden, Stanley Ewe lambs - Christine Croal, Hollycroft Large flocks Ewes - Ronnie & Mike Black, Collessie Ewe lambs - Ronne & Mike Black The winner of the stock tup, which must be proven, was Redbrae Real Deal owned by James Scott, Ingleston (Strathview flock). The tup lamb class went to Tom Sands, Southfield (Kingston flock) with a Roundacre

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lamb. Ronnie & Mike Black then took the champion ewes, champion ewe lambs and the overall championship. The Fingask Show Points Shield awarded on results at local shows, was won by Gordon Mackie, Drimmie with James Scott runner up. The club also gave the 6 members who had attended 3 or more local shows a £20 Suffolk Society voucher. We then had a very interesting talk by Roy Nicoll from Starlyne, who sponsor the flock and ewe lamb competition. Roy talked about, and answered questions on the products Starlyne sell and his experiences with Starlyne. He ended his talk with a few ‘stories’ from some of his trips to the Royal Show and Smithfield.

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Welsh Border Counties Club We gathered for an evening meeting in April where members were brought up to date with club business, news and gossip. It decided the current Chairman and Secretary would remain in place. It was hoped that following an invitation to attend Paula and David Reid’s, Conchar Flock, open day that we may have been able to arrange a trip north of the border. Unfortunately the timing clashed with a lot of people’s pre-arranged plans. A few of us did manage to make the journey, and we had a fantastic weekend visiting Iain and Judith’s Solwaybank Flock and Tom Fitzsimon’s Sunnyhills Flock on the Saturday. This was followed by a wonderful day with Paula, David and the girls viewing their West of Scotland Champion Flock. It was great to meet up with many friends made on previous trips and at the sales and shows. In late August we were invited to Roger and Glenys Morgan’s Llangview Flock for a social evening. We were able to extend the

invitation to our two adjacent clubs for a junior stock judging competition, with Pat Greaney presiding as the Master Judge. This was followed by an amazing feast in the form of a hog roast! Everyone was delighted to see the young members so enthusiastic and competitive. Stefan Thomas of the Dyfed Club proved to have an excellent eye for the stock agreeing with the master judge 100% in every class! We’re very grateful to Roger and Glenys, their family and friends for providing us all with a lovely evening. Great hospitality, wonderful food and good company it was a great opportunity for the three clubs to get together, we must try to do it more often. As I write this we are looking forward to our club Christmas Dinner and the last opportunity of 2014 for the club to get together.

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West Country Club The club year started with a very enjoyable Spring meeting with a talk from Field Science on the benefits of trace elements followed by a Quiz set by Carrie Osman. It was great to see a good turnout of members. A skittle match versus the Charollais again was very well attended. The club supports 5 prime lamb classes at Exeter, Sedgemoor, Truro, Holsworthy and South Molton markets throughout the Spring, we thank our 3 sponsors H R Jasper & Sons, J V Richards and Bray Accountants for their continued support. The County showing season began with Devon County where Stephen and Marion Elsworthy’s ewe lamb took the Championship, Royal Bath & West had Robert Holmes winning with a shearling ewe and Mary-Julia Cornish took the Championship with a shearling ram at Royal Cornwall. Dorchester show had Gill Beckley and Arthur Brown’s ewe lamb take the last

County Championship. Very strong classes everywhere. Congratulations to all the Suffolk exhibitors who entered the one day shows throughout the West Country. The Young Handlers have been out in force with some excellent results too. Wedding bells - Ben and Jess Collings, James and Lucy Heard and Philip and Rose Derryman were all very fortunate to have super weather on their special days. Winners at our WCSSA club show and sales were H C Derryman & Sons at Exeter with a shearling ram selling for 600gns, Robert Holmes topped the trade with 800gns for his ram lamb. Aimee Mogford took the champion rosette with a ram lamb at Sedgemoor with trade on the day patchy, however Ross Lawrence was well rewarded for his journey to Stirling with a solid trade topping at 4500 gns. His consignment included the Devon County male champion and Cornwall show champion tup lamb selling for 2400 gns. Club member Dean Nelmes made it through to the Open semi-final of the Golden Shears shearing competition in Ireland.

2014 Ewe Lamb line up at Devon County Show

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CLUBS Farm by kind invitation of David Hampson in July. Unfortunately just a few weeks later David sadly passed away. Happily his flock is being carried on by Aubry Ruby and his family. Another founder member of the club Bill Bray sadly passed away after a long illness earlier in the year. Our year ended with our annual Flock competition which saw 11 flocks enter from Wiltshire down to the bottom of Cornwall, Glynis and Taylor Soulsby kindly came down from Cumbria and proved good company for 3 days culminating in our presentation evening at the Lord Haldon where the silver ware was given out. Aimee’s flock view day was well attended with a few new members added to the club’s ranks. Her sheep looked worthy winners of the competition. The final event of the club’s year was our female sale at Exeter market with Mike Waycott’s champion ewe lamb selling for £500 to Marcus Tucker. Top price of the day was 700 gns for one of Rob Holmes consignment. The club would like to thank the judge, Andrew Reed and Kivells Husseys Auctioneers and Dennis Brinicombe for their sponsorship. I would like to finish by thanking the committee for their effort and support throughout this year. The club now has a facebook page which has proved popular with photos, results and events, have a look. The club, which was formed with the help of David Hampson and Owen Williams in 1985 look forward to celebrating its 30th birthday in 2015.

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2014 Flock Competition Results: Kindly judged by Glynis Soulsby (Williamsgill flock, Cumbria) Well done to everyone for entering - 11 flocks covering the Counties Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire Novice Flock 1st Rachel Stamp, Bowbridge 2nd Julia Phillips, Creekside Small Flock 1st Aimee Mogford, Mogford 2nd James Heard, Hughslade 3rd Marcus Tucker, Marcole Hc Graham Reddaway, Barwick Large Flock 1st Philip Brooks, Lyatts 2nd H C Derryman & Sons, Yarcombe 3rd Simon And Diana Faux, Martinsell HC Kathleen Hill, Sampfordel HC Reg Pedrick, Denbury Best Ewe Lambs 1st Aimee Mogford 2nd Philip Brooks 3rd Simon & Diana Faux HC H C Derryman & Sons Best Ram Lamb 1st Rhaedar Bowbridge 2nd Marcole Lamb 3rd Monkleigh Cyclone

Best Ram Shearling or over 1st Sitlow Santos, H C Derryman & Sons 2nd Strathisla Vitte, Aimee Mogford 3rd Soutra Sabre, H C Derryman & Sons HC Brompton Ba, Reg Pedrick

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2014 Flock Competition Winners

Best Homebred Ram 1st Hughslade Moorland King, James Heard 2nd Yarcombe Leader, H C Derryman & Sons 3rd Martinsell Monty, Simon & Diana Faux Best Group of Stock Rams 1st H C Derryman & Sons 2nd Aimee Mogford 3rd Reg Pedrick

Champion Ram Sitlow Santos - H C Derryman & Sons Res Champion Ram Strathisla Vittel - Aimee Mogford Reserve Champion Flock Lyatts - Philip Brooks Champion Flock Mogford - Aimee Mogford

Best Group Of Ram Lambs running on as commercial shearlings 1st Aimee Mogford 2nd Reg Pedrick 3rd H C Derryman & Sons HC Marcus Tucker

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Flock No.

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TAN-YR-ACCAR, LLANRHAEADR, DENBIGH, LL16 4PH

7,200gns ewe lamb sold at our production sale 2014 to L&M Liggett (Record price ewe lamb at Carlisle)

ROOKERY BEST OF THE BEST Purchased privately May 2014 with the Holmes Family retaining half share

OTHER SIRES USED 2014

ARDLEA ARBENNIG (the 90,000gns record holder) sons sold up to 18,000gns, daughters up to 7,200gns

DOL-LLYS DOMAIN Good lamb purchased privately. Both parents have the 70,000gns Rhaeadr Rossi in their pedigrees.

Males & females for sale privately and are eligible for export, also semen large or small lots.

MYFYR A EVANS

Tel: 01745 890 232 Mobile: 07974 752 010 Wishing all our customers & friends the very best for 2015 and a big thank you for all who supported us at our Three Nations Sale at Carlisle


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Donegal Club Donegal Suffolks continue to grow from strength to strength and are now at the forefront of Irish Suffolks.

prize recorded lamb for €1,400gns to James & Michael O’Connell. Alan & Lexi Kilpatrick sold their 3rd prize novice lamb for €1,500gns.

Stirling Sale Andrew Wilson’s three ram lambs sold to average 2,433gns whilst Seamus Browne sold to a top of 2,400gns.

Roscrea Sale Donegal breeders were once again well represented at the breed’s Premier sale and featured prominently amongst the leading prices. John A Doherty sold their Solwaybank Major son for €4,800gns to Aidan Lotus and a Lakeview Scolari son for €3,600gns to Seamus Delaney. Seamus Brown received €1,800gns twice for two Cairnton The Cracker sons. He also received €1,700gns for the Reserve Female Champion. Wm J & R Wilson sold at €1,700gns, €1,200, €1,150gns and Andrew Wilson sold his 1st

Raphoe Premier Sale It was standing room only as a packed ringside witnessed another very successful sale. Our judge on the day was Mr. Michael Jennings from Co. Mayo, and he chose as his champion a Shannagh Resolve son from Wm J & R Wilson, with reserve going to J Dohertys ram lamb by Moatfarrel Marciano which sold for €1,120gns to Galway breeder JP Screene & Sons. Robert Taits strong ram lamb sold for the top price of €1,580gns to Co Antrim breeders E & J Gould, whilst W Gills smart ram lamb sold at €1,190gns to T Burke and E Campbell Co. Galway & W J & R Wilson sold at €840gns .

2nd Sale Our judge on the night was Mr Wesley Cousins, Co. Tyrone. He found his champion on the night from the pen of John A Doherty, a strong ram lamb which later sold for the top price of €1,300gns, and his Reserve champion was another ram lamb, this time owned by Andrew Wilson which later sold for €800gns. The pairs were won by Robert Tait. John A Doherty's Raphoe Premier Sale Champion

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CLUBS 3rd Sale Our judge on the night was well known Co. Sligo breeder James Rooney and he chose the open ram lamb winner from Robert Tait as his champion, which later sold for €800gns, with reserve going to Doherty Bros, for a ram lamb by Moatfarrel Marciano selling at €780gns. The pairs were won by Andrew Wilson which sold at €710gns, €700gns.

4th Sale Our final sale of the year was judged by well known connercial sheep farmer Mr David Tourish, and on the night he chose a

February born son of Shannagh Resolve from Andrew Wilson which later sold for €780gns with reserve going to Scott Bros shearling ram. Wm & J Wilson also sold at €740gns and €720gns. Many thanks to our sponsors throughout the year, Smyths Daleside feed, Fane Valley Feeds, Agri-Lloyd, Inisleigh Co-Op and Brown Printers. Our premier sale this year will take place at Raphoe Livestock Mart on Friday 14th August.

Wm J&R Wilsons Raphoe Premier Sale Champion

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Eastern Suffolk Breeders Club Our first club outing for 2014 was at National Championships where we saw Oliver & Geoff Deane taking second prize for an outstanding shearling ewe sired by Cairness Diamond Geezer. Thanks to the very generous sponsorship of the Suffolk Sheep Society we were once again able to sponsor Suffolk/ Cheviot Ewe Lamb Class at Tullow Ewe Breeders Club Competition. This proves a good opportunity to meet commercial farmers who will be our customers at forthcoming ram sales. Our club members were busy showing at local agriculture shows and it was great to see some of our new breeder’s actively showing in 2014. Stirling proved to be a very exciting time for club members Oliver & Geoff Deane when they achieved 10,000gns for an exceptional ram lamb sired by Cairness Great Expectations. Well done to all the Deane Family on this great achievement.

Grand Slam. This lamb had earlier won Lamb Plus Recorded Class. John Stacey had Reserve Champion with the Open Class winner, a very smart ram lamb sired by Cairness Cole. Highest price on day went to John & Esther Gahan for their Rookery Classic ram lamb. Our September Show & Sale was judged by John Hanley Heathview Flock. He picked John & Esther Gahan’s Open Prize Ram Lamb as Champion. This ram was sired by Cairness Colby and went on to make highest price of sale. Reserve Champion went to Niall Walsh for his ram lamb by Lakeview Heeza Lord. All of our sales in 2014 saw a strong demand for Suffolks with a lot of the rams achieving higher prices than previous years. Winner of our club Sire of The Year in 2014 was John & Esther Gahan Many thanks to our customers for their continued support and congratulations to

At the Premier Show & Sale Alan Stanley took home 2nd prize for a classy ewe lamb sired by Freighduff Grand Slam. Club members were active at the sale both selling and buying. At our club Premier Show & Sale in Tullow Judge Michael O’Neill from Bolinaspect Flock awarded Champion Sheep to a very strong ram lamb bred by Alan Stanley and sired by Freighduff

Champion at Club Premier Sale - Alan Stanley with Judge Michael O'Neill

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CLUBS all our exhibitors for the excellent standard of sheep presented at all our sales. It was the end of an era in November 2014 with the dispersal of Herbert Stanley’s Bawnogue Flock. Herbert had been breeding Suffolk’s for 53 years and was a very active member of our club and the South of Ireland Branch. Herbert was always full of encouragement to new and active breeders and hopefully he will continue to be involved with our club and we wish him all the best.

Champion at September Sale - John Gahan

SHROPSHIRE & MONTGOMERY AREA SUFFOLK CLUB S Baylis

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County Wexford Club Co. Wexford Sheepbreeders had a successful year in 2014 with an average increase in price over all our sales of €40. Our Premium Show and Sale was held on Wednesday 20th August. Judge for the day was Mr. Barry Murphy of the Murbro flock in Castledermot, Co. Kildare. Once again Tom Rossiter from Bannow had the Champion ram and the Reserve Champion went to John Martin’s shearling ram. Brendan Fitzpatrick won the Novice class and he also had the Female Champion. Tom Rossiter also won the Group of Three. With steady prices and a good clearance, breeders were pleased with the day. Our Second Show and Sale was held in mid September, judged by Mr. John Donohoe

from Kilkenny. The Champion was bred by Tom Rossiter with the Reserve Champion going to his brother Greg. William Sweetman also from Bannow had the Novice Champion. Our members were very pleased with our Evening Sale that attracted buyers from outside the county and this trend continued at our remaining sales. As usual our year ended with our annual dinner and presentation of trophies with a change of venue to the Farmer’s Kitchen near Wexford town. Entertainment was provided by John Murray and Michael Brennan. A special word of thanks to County Wexford Marts and I.C.M. Camolin for their continued and generous sponsorship.

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Flanders Club Last year, after a long time, we started with an entry for the Year Book again. These were our first words: “Belgium has always been a true follower of the Suffolk breed. We look at what is going on in the UK, go to shows and sales there, visit breeders and flocks, follow them on Facebook, buy tups, AI with top sires and there are even breeders that start flushing ewes. We are one of the leading Suffolk countries on the continent.�

William Tait of the Burnview flock. His expertise showed and he also made a gimmer Breed Champion, this time bred by Jean-Paul Stevens.

Our club is planning to make this entry a tradition. Like every year we had our four main shows in Belgium. The first one is in Herne, situated in the middle of our small country, and was judged by Mr. Charles Harding of the Bentley flock. He did a terrific job and made a gimmer of Peter & Pieter Frijters Breed Champion. Sire is Solwaybank Colt, owned by Paul & Bert Laeremans.

The final major show is in Beveren-Leie, in the West of our country. Mr. Viv Samuel of the Monkton flock was invited to judge here, and again a gimmer was rightly chosen as Breed Champion. This time the owner was Claude Vanwijnsberghe.

The next big show is Tongeren, in the East of Belgium, and here the judge was Mr.

The third show we would like to mention is in Strijtem and is a new show. It was judged by a Belgian breeder, Lionel Goossens. He chose a gimmer of Sven Roels as Breed Champion, sired by Treeways Tycoon.

As you can see from the results, the British judges were again mainly impressed by the quality of our female sheep. This will even improve in years to come because a lot of ewes were exported to Belgium this year, all with top genetics. There was even a female sale in Ireland where 18 ewes were sold to Belgium in one day. We hope to keep working together with the breeders, judges and the Suffolk Sheep Society in such way. Every time we come over we are overwhelmed by the hospitality. Friendships are being built every time. It is always a pleasure.

Breed Champion from Peter Frijters & Reserve Breed Champion from Lionel Goossens, Herne with judge C. Harding

Written by Bert Laeremans / bert.laeremans@gmail.com Suffolk breeder (Netevallei & Laerehoeve Suffolks) and member of the Suffolk Club Flanders

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Messrs Garner & Son

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Mr & Mrs S J V Faux

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CAL

Messrs T A Irwin & Son

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Mrs M E Petherbridge

DBO Clive Richards DJW C Kniestedt DND C J Holmes F5

Messrs Philip Hill & Co

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CONTACT DETAILS Fairways 128 Scotby Road, Scotby, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8BJ. Tel: 01228 539 200 Lodge Farm, Atterton, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV13 6JZ. Tel: 01827 717 999 E-mail: charles@bentleysuffolks.co.uk Hurst Farm, Bramshall, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 5BQ. Tel: 01889 562 474 Rugley Farm, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2JE. Tel: 01665 602 528 E-mail: alan@rugley.co.uk Wadd Farm, Grandshore Lane Frittenden, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2BZ. Tel: 01580 852 363 E-mail: nicky@waddfarm.co.uk Glebe Farm, Haltham, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 6JE. Tel: 01507 522 210 E-mail: info@garnersuffolksheep.co.uk Wolfhall Farm, Burbage, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DP. Tel: 01672 810 210 E-mail: blanchard@farmline.com Culleys Farm, Clench Common, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4NZ. Tel: 01672 513 102 23 Crown Way, Banham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2EY. Tel: 01953 888 197 West Sampsons Hall, Kersey, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 6EL. Tel: 01787 210 859 E-mail: thecovey@kerseylivestock.co.uk Lower Kingstree, Kingsnympton, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9TT. Tel: 01769 581 360 E-mail: kingssuffolks@tesco.net 11 Kirkfield, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2GL. Tel: 01995 61318 E-mail: petherbridge869@btinternet.com Lower Hope, Ullingswick, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 3JF. Tel: 01432 820 218 E-mail: accounts@lowerhopefarms.co.uk Bush Farm, North Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4DL. Tel: 01825 722 157 Rookery Farm, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LA. Tel: 01386 853 724 E-mail: sallybeale@live.co.uk Longfurlong Farm, Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 8HN. Tel: 01283 761 445 Williamsgill, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1SW. Tel: 01768 361 249 E-mail: soulsby_williamsgill@btconnect.com St Mark’s Court, Piper Wells Lane Shepley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8BD. Tel: 01484 605 440 E-mail: barncliff@talktalk.net Bettonwood Farm, Bromlow, Minsterley, Shrewsbury, SY5 0DU. Tel: 01743 891 809 Pitley Farm, Whistley Hill, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7JP. Tel: 01364 652 361 E-mail: pitleyfarm@gmail.com

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Bunkers Hill Farm, Cold Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 6EP. Tel: 01604 740 262 E-mail: ianhill@btinternet.com G L Riby Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3QR. Tel: 01262 673 043 E-mail: geoffriby@btconnect.com Mr JW Hallam & Mrs SM Eggleston Top Farm, Walton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8JF. Tel: 01509 880 562 E-mail: stepheneggleston@hotmail.co.uk Miss Elizabeth Needham Forge Cottage, Belvoir, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PF. Tel: 01476 870 223 E-mail: lizneedham@btinternet.com Mrs K A Hill Sampford Farm, Sampford Arundel, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9QN. Tel: 01823 672 377 E-mail: khillsa@yahoo.co.uk Miss A E Goodman Airyholme Farm, Hovingham, Hovingham, North Yorkshire, YO62 4LS. Tel: 01653 628 275 E-mail: flitwickflock@btinternet.com Mrs V Wolton Fish Pond Cottage, Cemetery Lane, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6SA. Tel: 01206 298 844 E-mail: val.wolton@hotmail.co.uk Mr & Mrs S K Elsworthy Barnfield, Monkleigh, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5LD. Tel: 01805 624 474 E-mail: monkleigh.sheep@tesco.net C W Williamson Grosmont Farm, Grosmont, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5QJ. Tel: 01947 895 367 John Creeper A M Creeper & Son, Higher Tregunnon Altarnun, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7SX. Tel: 01566 864 50 E-mail: johncreeper@icloud.com Diana Lindon Wymbleton Farm, Henfold Lane S Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4NX. Tel: 01306 888 581 E-mail: diana_lindon@hotmail.co.uk A J & W J Reed France Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2HQ. Tel: 01884 266 366 E-mail: ajwjreed@aol.com Mrs P Lupton Greenholme Farm, Galphay, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3NJ. Tel: 01765 658 324 P A Rycraft Green Cross Cottage, Green Cross Lane Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2ND. Tel: 01428 717 544 Mrs C A Freeman 86 Avenue Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0SJ, NN10 OSJ. Tel: 01933 359 759 Ross Lawrence Netherleigh, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8BD. Tel: 01837 810 220 E-mail: roundacre1978@gmail.com Matt Legge Brickfields Cottage, Newnham Road, Binstead, Isle of Wight, PO33 3TH. Tel: 01983 568 808 E-mail: matt.legge@talktalk.net Barry C Stonard Holme Grange Farm, Galphay, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3NJ. Tel: 01765 658 718 E-mail: b.c.stonard@btinternet.com Thomas Blunt 36 Shelsmore, Giffard Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK14 5HU. Tel: 01908 617 282 E-mail: tom.blunt@hotmail.co.uk Phillip Brooks Brooksfield Lyatts, Hardington Mandeville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9NR. Tel: 01935 862 900 E-mail: hardingtonfarmer@hotmail.com

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Messrs A E Weaver & Son

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Mr Nicholas Charles Stirling

R76

Jane Walker

SDH J M Robinson & Son Ltd SHF

Martyn & Helen Bateman

SHP

Barbara Teasdale

SKU

Mr J H Quine & D Summers

SLN

Mr R Fitton

SLU

James Michael Wooldridge

SNH P R Wilkinson SPH

Sam Peters

STX

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Mark Jones

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Ashley Dally

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Rosebank Farm, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 7DA. Tel: 01697 476 806 E-mail: james.irving66@btinternet.com 32 Delta Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8PY. Tel: 01276 856 173 E-mail: thedaborns@sky.com Andrew Caunce Farms & Gardens Dept, Ulnes Walton, Leyland Preston, Lancashire, PR26 8LW. Tel: 01772 442 056 E-mail: andrew.caunce@hmps.gsi.gov.uk 2 Wellington View, Five Lane Ends Bayhorse, Nr Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0JF. Tel: 01524 752 075 E-mail: andrea.gardner@yahoo.co.uk Perrinpit Farm, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire, BS36 2AT . Tel: 01454 772 126 E-mail: weaverperrinpit@aol.com Farmington Close, Farmington, Nr. Northleach, Cheltenham, GL54 3NQ. Tel: 01451 860 327 E-mail: nelson_accounts@hotmail.co.uk New Nook Farm, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 9HX. Tel: 01433 620 413 E-mail: newnookfarm@btinternet.com Greenlands Farm, Great Limber, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN37 8LY. Tel: 01469 560 235 Moat Farm, Low Road, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 9HU. Tel: 01480 496 547 E-mail: martynb@totalise.co.uk 3 Ling Cottage, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1PS. E-mail: b.teasdale@btinternet.com Ballakilley Farm, Bride, Isle of Man, IM7 4AT. Tel: 01624 880 588 E-mail: doncorsa@hotmail.com Ryders Farm, Manchester Road, Kearsley, Bolton, BL4 8RU. E-mail: richard.fitton@outlook.com Cross Park Farm, Burrington, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9LA. Tel: 01769 520 243 E-mail: james619w@hotmail.com Old Pennyholme, Fadmoor, York, Yorkshire, YO62 7JG. Tel: 01751 430 552 E-mail: william@pennyholme.com Prospect Coach House, High Lane, High Birstwith, Harrogate, HG3 2JL. Tel: 01423 772 227 E-mail: sampeters2@btinternet.com 5 Reeds Gardens, Little Urswick, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0US. Tel: 01229 868088 E-mail: james.airey@cumbria.gov.uk 4 Devonshire Close, Boughton, Northampton, NN2 8RY, NN2 8RY. Tel: 07801 191 102 E-mail: mkjonesltd@btopenworld.com Belmount, Priddy, Nr Wells, Somerset, BAS 3BG. Tel: 01749 870 229 E-mail: dobbin@mendip.wanadoo.co.uk The Vedw, Rowlestone, Pontrilas, Hereford, HR2 ODR. Tel: 01981 240 528 Burton Galmpton, Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3EY. Tel: 01548 561 210 E-mail: rossiterburton@gmail.com

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V87

Philip W Poole

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G Riley

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Messrs J & R Whitehouse

Y18

Messrs V E & B M Samuel & Son

Y83

R W & A Pedrick

Z43

R F Holmes

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Norman D Howl

Parkridge, 116 Oaklands Park, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 OBW. Tel: 01364 642 563 E-mail: maryjuliacornish@gmail.com Beaconsfield Farm, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4AA. Tel: 01939 210 370 E-mail: mail@beaconsfield-farm.co.uk 5 Madison Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 8JN. Tel: 01524 823 709 Weston Park Farm, Dovers Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6UW. Tel: 01386 840 835 Upper Monkton Farm, St Weonards, Herefordshire, HR2 8PF. Tel: 01981 580 315 Stoneleigh Dolbeare, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7LB. Tel: 01364 652 743 Home Farm, Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7YD. Tel: 01392 832 281 E-mail: robertholmes123@msn.com Glebe Farm, Lowick, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3BA. Tel: 01832 733 200

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Thomas Delday Mrs J A Lorimer

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C & M Bruce

16U

A J & W M Norrie

1W

George L Stuart

22K

Rigfoot Suffolks

35N

James Fleming

46N

Messrs J & M Buchanan

47D

Messrs J H Christie & Son

71Z

Ronald M Greig

CONTACT DETAILS Harpercroft, Old Loans Road Dundonald, By Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA2 9DD. Tel: 01292 317 222 E-mail: harpercroft@btconnect.com Old Voy, Toab, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17 2QG. Tel: 01856 861 311 Cadgerford, Kingswells, Aberdeenshire, AB15 8SR. Tel: 01224 741 705 E-mail: jimmyandjudith@windowslive.com Tillyeve, Udny, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6SJ. Tel: 01651 842 616 E-mail: kevinbruce20@btinternet.com Wrae Farm, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 4RB. Tel: 01888 563 595 E-mail: wilmanorrie@aol.com Milltown of Birness, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8EJ. Tel: 01358 711 204 E-mail: birness@yahoo.co.uk Rigfoot Farm, Uplawmoor, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, G78 4BL. Tel: 01505 850 272 E-mail: emmap2209@hotmail.co.uk Hallhill, Crossford, Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 5QH. Tel: 01555 860 209 E-mail: hillend2@btinternet.com Prettsmill Farm, Sandilands, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9TN. Tel: 01555 663 101 West Carse Farm, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 3AE. Tel: 01786 860 543 South Tillydesk, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8SY. Tel: 01358 720 955 E-mail: rgreig71z@btinternet.com

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CAV

Mr Leslie Learmonth

CBK

Mrs Nan Moir

CDW Mrs F J Wight CJO

Mrs C M Nelson

F48

Messrs R G Laing & Sons

H37

Messrs P & A Wilson

H6

Mrs Irene Fowlie

JDX

Paula & David Reid

JKA

James T Cannon

JTO

Scott & Gavin Brown

KLY

John Harrison

LPH

W & M Haining

LXX

Ashley Bothwell

NFH

John Lundy

NVY

James & Liam Scott

NWZ A & S Simpson PDN Mr GJ Christie PNJ

John A. Henderson

PPZ

James Scott

Bilboa, Daviot, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0JA. Tel: 01467 671 482 E-mail: patrick.machray@kirkwood-homes.com New Channel Kirk, Oxton, Lauder, Berwickshire, TD2 6RB. Tel: 01578 750 325 E-mail: sandsuth@hotmail.com Wester Oathlaw, Oathlaw, By Forfar, Angus, DD8 3PQ. Tel: 01307 850 201 E-mail: solohull@hotmail.co.uk The Rectory, Cairness Lonmay, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8SL. Tel: 01346 532 349 E-mail: moir2010@btconnect.com Carwood Farm, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML 12 6LX. Tel: 01899 220 564 E-mail: f.wight@carwoodfarm.com Trows Cottage, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8LX. Tel: 01573 450 733 E-mail: caroline.nelson4@btinternet.com Oxmuir, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, TD10 6UW. Tel: 01573 470 235 E-mail: r.laing35@btinternet.com Spoutwells Farm, Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8LX. Tel: 01776 704 086 E-mail: spoutwells4@btinternet.com Adziel, Strichen, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 6TB. Tel: 01771 637 263 E-mail: fowlie_@hotmail.com Calfpark, Mouswald, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 5QB. Tel: 01387 830 250 E-mail: paulareid1@btinternet.com Redbrae Farm, Wigtown, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DJ. Tel: 01988 403 239 E-mail: redbrae@toucansurf.com Woodhead Farm, Dewarton, Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4NY. Tel: 01875 320 143 E-mail: capielaw@hotmail.co.uk 25 Brunt Court, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1RP. Tel: 01368 864 256 High Drum, Dunscore, Dumfries, DG2 OUF. Tel: 01387 820 325 E-mail: wmhaining@btinternet.com Smithston Farm, Patna, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA6 7EZ. Tel: 01292 531 211 E-mail: bothwell2010@hotmail.co.uk Mid Upper Priestside, Cummertrees, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, DG12 5PX. Tel: 01387 870 334 Wester Biffie, Maud, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 5PP. Tel: 01771 613 847 E-mail: jimbob50@live.co.uk Wester Coxton Farm, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 8QS. Tel: 01343 843 324 E-mail: susette.simpson@btinternet.com Newton of Balquhain, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5HD. Tel: 01467 681 233 E-mail: g.christie969@btinternet.com West Teuchan, Crudenbay, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 0PN. Tel: 01779 841 242 E-mail: john.henderson@agrii.co.uk 5 East Ingliston, Forfar, Forfar, Angus, DD8 1TJ. Tel: 01307 462 173 E-mail: scottengine@aol.com

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A.D & A Robertson

SJW

WN Douglas

SUP

Highfield Farming Limited

SUZ

Samuel Milne

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David W M Gilmour

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R J L Park

Solheim, Walls, Shetland Isles, ZE2 9PH. Tel: 01595 809 334 E-mail: aviemowat01@btinternet.com Catslackburn , Yarrow, Selkirk, TD7 5NE. Tel: 0175 082 206 E-mail: wnddouglas@gmail.com Knock , Duns , Berwickshire , Scotland , TD11 3TR. Tel: 01361 884 302 E-mail: nicolson.garth@btinternet.com Kennieshillock Farm, Lhanbryde, Eglin, Moray, IV30 8LJ. Tel: 01343 842655 E-mail: sam.milne@live.co.uk Broomknowes, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8HF. Tel: 01655 883 184 E-mail: davidwmg@aol.com Drinkstone, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 7NY. Tel: 01450 379993 E-mail: j_park@btconnect.com

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CONTACT DETAILS Robleston Hall, Camrose, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6HQ. Tel: 01437 710 242 G G Lewis Wigfa Farm, Cilybebyll Pontardawe, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA8 3JH. Tel: 01792 863 985 E-mail: lewis.rhian303@googlemail.com A W Evans Dol-llys Farm, Trefeglwys, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6JA. Tel: 01686 412 694 Mrs M E & D O Jones Crud-yr-Awel North St, Caerwys, Nr Mold, Flintshire, CH7 5AW. Tel: 01352 720 533 James & Edward Thomas Bachygwreiddyn Farm, Pontlliw, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA4 9EP. Tel: 01792 892 750 W Elfed Williams Gweirglodd Bach, Penmynydd, Llanfairpwll, Ynys Mon, LL61 6PG. Tel: 01248 714 010 E-mail: welfedwilliams@yahoo.com D W Morris Plas y Fronfraith, Commins Coch, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BE. Tel: 01970 627 083 E-mail: dmm@aber.ac.uk Messrs R B & G M Morgan & Partners Graig Olway Farm, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1NB. Tel: 01291 672 349 E-mail: morgangofarm@aol.com Dafydd G Jones Frongoy, Pennant Llanon, Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5PD. Tel: 01974 272 246 E-mail: dafyddgje@hotmail.co.uk Christine Vaughan Penlan, Crumych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3SG. Tel: 01239 831 512 E-mail: vaughanc05@aol.com J Roland Williams Aneddle, Capel Seion, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4ED. Tel: 01970 615 162 / 636 925 E-mail: sales@greenlands.co.uk Ilan R Williams Aneddle, Capel Seion, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4ED. Tel: 0197 0615 162 E-mail: santos.suffolks@gmail.com

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY NORTHERN IRELAND FLOCK CODE NAME CONTACT DETAILS 19B Wilson & Miss Roberta McMullan Killymaddy, 206 Battleford Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, BT61 8BZ. Tel: 028 3754 8250 E-mail: rmcmullan@suffolksheepni.co.uk 1LSB Martin Butler 22 Lisnacrogher Road, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT43 6QP. Tel: 0780 1429 790 E-mail: obutler1@eircom.net 8B R C & J C Watson 107 Duneaney Road, Rasharkin, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT44 8SR. Tel: 028 2957 1502 ASK Geoffrey Douglas 29 Freehall Road, Limavady, Co Londonderry, BT49 OHU. Tel: 028 7776 2909 BOA Messrs Cyril Watters & Sons Bohard Mills, 23A Tullybleety Road, Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, BT69 6HG. Tel: 028 8555 7436 E-mail: cyrilwatters@aol.com BSH Anthony J Patton 36 New Road, Carrowdore, Newtownards, Co Down, BT22 2HB. Tel: 028 9186 1355 E-mail: anthony_patton@hotmail.com FSC Philip Gurney 20 Ruskey Road, Aghadowey, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 4AH. Tel: 028 7086 8435 E-mail: jill.cgurney@yahoo.co.uk KKK Philip Lamont 14 Maxwells Road, Kells, Co Antrim, BT42 3NU. Tel: 028 2589 2381 KKW P D W Taylor 56 Cashel Road, Macosquin, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 4NU. Tel: 028 7035 4356 E-mail: dennis01@me.com KSX Ian Donald 28 Castle View, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, BT79 4BS. Tel: 028 8166 2551 LHY Rodney Atwell 9 Rawe Road, Derryloman, Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, BT94 4BA. Tel: 028 8953 1625 E-mail: hmatwell@live.co.uk LRT Patrick Donnelly 6 Lisnacrogher Road, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 6QP. Tel: 07802 625 521 E-mail: donrho@hotmail.co.uk PPL Oran McConnon 63 Barnish Road, Randalstown, Co. Antrim, BT41 2EJ. Tel: 028 9447 9225 E-mail: oranmcconnon@gmail.com S38 Wm Montgomery Edenville, 106 Killinchy Road, Ballygraffin Comber, Co Down, BT23 5NE. Tel: 07712 679 595 SXC Adam Porter 27 Carricknakielt Road, Maghera, Co. Londonderry, BT46 5EQ. Tel: 028 7964 28 69 E-mail: adam.porter2@btinternet.com

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND FLOCK CODE NAME 248 N Gibson 401 Herbert W Stanley 88J-E Mrs Mary D & Mark Grealy BFP Aiden & M & P Loftus

CONTACT DETAILS Allen House, Ballyholey, Raphoe, Co Donegal, Eire. Tel: 074 9145 142 Bawnogue, Rathdowney, Co Laois, Eire. Tel: 050 5461 98 E-mail: bawnogue@eircom.net Middlethird, Oranmore, Co Galway, Eire Carrowkilleen Upper, Crossmolina, Co Mayo, Eire. Tel: 096 3148 2

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY C46

Eamonn Duffy

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Trevor Donaghy

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Coote Geelan

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C Hetherton

HYW Shaun & Seamus Gahan JYS-E Michael Duffy KFR Tommy Cavanagh KHN Patrick Carolan KLN-E Michael Prendiville KWR T J & D Broderick LKV-E James Rooney LLC

Margaret McGill

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Stephen & Colm Govin

NJJ-E Michael Fleming NRK S & P O’Connor NSA Gabriel Conroy & Sons NYT-E Jimmy O’Dea PBH

Seamus Browne

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O & G Deane

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Aeron James

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Ethelstown, Kells, Co Meath, Eire. Tel: 046 9247 031 E-mail: eamonnduffykells@gmail.com Scotsmans Walk, Bundoran Road, Sligo, Co Sligo, Eire. Tel: 071 9143 888 Cloonagheer, Dromod, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Longford, Eire. Tel: 087 949 0045 E-mail: trillick82@gmail.com Cloughbally Lr, Mullagh, Kells, Co Meath, Eire. Tel: 046 9242 188 Coolyhune, Graiguenananagh, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Eire. Tel: 059 9724 483 E-mail: marybgahan@gmail.com Scurlogstown, Kells, Co Meath, Eire Glack, Carndonagh, Co Donegal, Eire. Tel: 074 9373 062 Laragh, Muff, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, Eire. Tel: 042 9667 919 Aglish, Lispole, Co Kerry, Eire Cross, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, Eire. Tel: 090 9684 896 Gurtnaderry, Grange, Co Sligo, Eire. Tel: 071 9163 509 E-mail: jandurooney@eircom.net Maddoxland, Riverstown, Dundalk, Co Louth, Eire. Tel: 087 7503 679 E-mail: margaretmcgill11@hotmail.com Mayo Abbey, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo, Eire. Tel: 094 9360 172 E-mail: stephen991@gmail.com School Road, Killorglin, Co Kerry, Eire. Tel: 087 293 0461 E-mail: michaelfleming06@eircom.net Mayo House, Beaufort, Killarney, Co Kerry, Eire. Tel: 086 3619 922 E-mail: sean.islandmore.suffolks@gmail.com Lambay, Trim, Co Meath, Eire. Tel: 046 9432 799 E-mail: lambaysuffolks@hotmail.com N17 Glenafosha, Corofin, County Galway, Eire. Tel: 087 9413 809 E-mail: paulodea78@hotmail.com Park House, Listillion, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Eire. Tel: 074 9124 912 E-mail: seamus@browneprinters.com Woodford House, Ballitore, Co Kildare, Eire. Tel: 059 8623 135 E-mail: adriennefdeane@gmail.com 104 Airfield Point, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Eire. Tel: 087 2848 957 E-mail: annjames08@yahoo.co.uk Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Co. Galway, Eire. Tel: 087 3138 792 E-mail: declanmangano@gmail.com Irey, Ballyfin, Portlaoise, Co Laois, Eire. Tel: 057 8755 328

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY SCP

Brian Boland

SFW Ann Quirke O’Mahony SHU Ryan McClean SJK

Podge & Jack Bolger

SUD Peter Colleran

Lisnatubrid, Ballypatrick, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Eire. E-mail: rosieboland@gmail.com Ballinreesig, Ballygarvan, Co Cork, Eire. Tel: 021 4888 490 E-mail: danolim@eircom.net Finea, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Eire. Tel: 087 1892 910 E-mail: licblasuffolks@gmail.com Springfield Farm, Oylegate, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Eire. Tel: 053 9177 812 E-mail: pandapodge@gmail.com Quarry Park, Moylough, Co Galway, Eire. Tel: 0909 679 290 E-mail: colleranpeter@gmail.com

EUROPE FLOCK CODE NAME LSJ Allessandro Arena PFD

P L G Haccou

PTL

Llavandera Suffolks S L

CONTACT DETAILS via Munerait 44, English Frankton, Padova, Italy 35143. Tel: +39 498686912 E-mail: alearena1@hotmail.it ‘t Specop, Zomervreugdweg 9, 7251 NX Vorden (Gld), Netherlands. Tel: 0031 575 559 119 E-mail: haccou@gmail.com Camino De Llavandera, No 2350, Gijon, Asturias 33350, Spain. Tel: (0034) 985 138 708 E-mail: nachoacebal@hotmail.com

MV. ACC. SIGNET RECORDED SIL (NZ) RECORDED

HAVE JOINED THE SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY WILL BE SELLING PURE NZ SUFFOLKS THAT CAN BE REGISTERED ARE UK’S FASTEST EXPANDING PEDIGREE BREED SOLD 335 RAMS IN 2014

DO YOU WANT TO PRODUCE

• RAMS THAT COMMERCIAL FARMERS WANT TO BUY • EASILY MANAGED AND LONG LIVING SUFFOLKS • EASILY BORN, ACTIVE LAMBS

THEN PLEASE CONTACT: Nick or Robyn Hulme: Pikesend Farm, English Frankton, Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 0JZ

Tel: 01939 270 670 Mob: 07971 970 918/07816 396 852 Email: easyrams@btconnect.com

www.easyrams.co.uk

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ROOKERY SUFFOLKS Est. 1989

ROOKERY BEST OF THE BEST Sold half share privately to Rhaeadr Flock.

RHAEADR DYNAMIC Purchased Stirling 2014 A very correct lamb just what we were looking for.

ROOKERY RASPUTIN National Sale Champion 2014 Sold for 10,000gns

STOCK RAMS USED 2014 Rhaeadr Obsession - Has bred well for us over the past years with outstanding females retained in flock. Rhaeadr Dymanic - Used extensively Looking forward to his crop of lambs.

C J HOLMES Rookery Farm, Broadway, Worcs WR12 7LA Tel 01386 853724.

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The Society is currently accepting entries for the

2015 National Flock Competition Entries will close on Friday 28th August 2015, with judging commencing in early October. Entries can be made by contacting the Society Office

Tel: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 E-mail: enquiries@suffolksheep.org Entrants must ensure that ALL ewes registered in their flock are shown to the judge. Sheep for sale must be included in the showing process.

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CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Conditions Of Entry To The 2015 Competition The competitions are restricted to registered flocks and where flocks are divided into two or more units by the owner, these will be treated as one flock for the purpose of the Competitions.

Stock Ewes 100 Stud Rams 60 Ewe lambs 40

TROPHIES The total number of ewes held on Basco will determine the category each flock is entered. Shearling ewes and older ewes intended for sale in the current autumn will also be included. All ewes in the flock must be shown along with one ewe lamb for every five ewes in the flock the previous year. Rams which are both owned and used on any portion of the flock, including sale gimmers, must be shown. This includes shared rams. Rams not owned, and used only by AI, are not eligible. The names and registered numbers or ear numbers of the rams used in the flock must be listed on the entry form, also any rams owned but not used and any used by AI but not owned. Rams which cannot be shown on the competitor’s farm will be viewed at the Judges’ discretion and points awarded accordingly. If rams are subsequently proved to be missing from the Judges’ inspection all awards are liable to be forfeited. All ewes and rams must be the bona fide property of the competitor. The flock must be shown untrimmed, in natural breeding condition.

POINTS The judge has a total of 200 points available. These are awarded to a maximum as follows: 192

Champion Flock BRISTOL GOLD CUP Up to 30 ewes JOHN LONG PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP 31-60 W E LLOYD PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP 61-100 KEEBLE PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP 101 Ewes and over BROOKS PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Flock Ewes BONNINGTON IN BLOOMSBURY PERPETUAL SALVER Ewe Lambs SAINSBURY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Stud Rams HOWARD PEEL PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP The Judge/s is empowered to withhold any cup or award if in their opinion the flocks entered are not of sufficient merit. In the event of there being less than two entries for any of the cups that competition may be cancelled, but the flocks entered will be judged in connection with the Championship.

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CONDITIONS OF ENTRY The cup winner and reserve in each division will automatically compete for the Champion Challenge Cup. All cups are offered as perpetual Challenge trophies and shall be held until the next competition; winners shall undertake to engrave their trophy and to return all trophies to the Society as Council shall determine. All cups are insured by the Society. Any competitor infringing these conditions or the regulations of the Society will be disqualified.

CHAMPION FLOCK COMPETITION BRISTOL GOLD CUP CONDITIONS OF ENTRY The winning and reserve flock in each divisional Competition will compete for the Champion Challenge Cup, a perpetual trophy. A reserve flock, however, cannot be awarded the Champion Cup, unless the winning flock in the same competition has been or becomes disqualified. Further, a reserve flock cannot be awarded reserve for the Champion Cup unless the winning flock in the same competition has been awarded the Champion Cup. If a competition does not take place in a division through lack of requisite number of entries, nevertheless flocks already entered shall be eligible for the Championship. The winner of the Champion Cup shall not be eligible for entry in the competition in the following year.

The owner of the Champion flock shall agree to have his flock on view to members of the Society on a predetermined date set by Council, the first week in November.

EWE LAMB COMPETITION FRANK SAINSBURY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY One ewe lamb must be shown for every five ewes put to the ram the previous year. The ewe lambs must be the bona fide property of the competitor and the produce of his registered flock. The ewe lambs must be shown untrimmed except for squaring the tails but, if the owner has exhibited ewe lambs at the Royal or any County Show in the current year, up to six may be shown trimmed.

PROGENY CLASS – CHEBSEY CUP ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Ewes entered in this class must be already registered, two shear and over. More than 10 numbers may be listed to allow competitors some flexibility in final selection. Ewe information will be downloaded from the Basco database for each flock. Any ewes not listed will be eligible only at the Judges’ discretion. The 10 ewes must be penned separately for the Judges’ inspection and then allowed loose with the rest of the flock. Up to 50 points are available in this class, these points are not included in the awards for the rest of the Competition.

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This year’s categories include: 1. A Pedigree Suffolk Group 2. Commercial Flock using Suffolk Genetics 3. Growing up with Suffolks 4. Suffolks and the Seasons Photographs must be taken with a digital camera and sent via email to enquiries@suffolksheep.org before 30th November 2015

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2014 COMPETITION WINNERS

Pedigree Group of Suffolk Sheep

Winner: Scott Brown - JTO Capielaw Flock, Midlothian

Commercial Flock using Suffolk Genetics

Winner: Cathy Derryman - R86 Yarcombe Flock, Devon

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2014 COMPETITION WINNERS

Growing up with Suffolks

Suffolks and the Seasons

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Winner: Cathy Derryman - R86 Yarcombe Flock, Devon

Winner: Louise Buckley - 45Z Sitlow Flock, Derbyshire

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2014 SIRE OF THE YEAR

Sire of the Year 2014 Sire of the Year is

Ballynacanon Commander KKW:13:027 Ram Reg: 97096 Bred by P D W Taylor Owned by George L Stuart, Birness Flock & James C Innes, Dunscroft Flock His top 3 sons all sold at Stirling for 20,000gns, 5,500gns & 5,000gns Averaging 10,166gns

Runner up

Solwaybank Poundstretcher FHT:12:069 Ram Reg:96437 Bred by I & J Barbour Owned by James Young, Muirton Flock Top 3 sons sold for 19,000gns, 4,800gns & 2,500gns Averaging 8,766gns

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2015 Events Dates SOCIETY RAM SALES National (Shrewsbury) (S Fraser) 24th & 25th July Scottish (Stirling) (W Tait) 30th & 31st July (TBC) Builth 3rd August Ballymena (S Lathangie) 4th August Roscrea (P Greaney) 7th & 8th August Carlisle (G Biddulph) 7th August

Eastern Region, Bakewell Welsh Sheep, Newtown North Sheep, Cockermouth Highland Sheep, Ross-shire South West Sheep, Nth Tawton NSC – Athenry, Co. Galway Northern Ireland, Ballymena

KELSO & NSA SALES Wales & Border Early 3rd August South West Region 19th August Kelso 11th September Eastern Region 18th September Wales & Border Main 21st September

2015 PROMOTIONAL EVENTS Midlands & Eastern Branch Society HQ Society HQ Scottish Branch Society HQ SoI Branch NI Branch

SHOWS - SUFFOLK Royal Ulster (Balmoral) (Judge: J Douglas) Three Counties Show (Judge: G Beacom) Royal Highland (Judge: S Buckley) NI Championships, Co. Armagh (Judge: G Biddulph) NSC - Athenry, Co. Galway (Judge: S Govin) Great Yorkshire (Judge: R Holmes) Royal Welsh (Judge: H Sleigh) National Ploughing Championships, Co. Laois SUFFOLK FEMALE SALES Abergavenny (Monmouthshire Livestock Centre) Carlisle (Harrison & Hetherington) Burnview & Lakeview (Balmoral Showgrounds) Beeston Castle Auction (Wright Marshall) Annakisha, Barrowlands, Castleisle, Clyda & Shannagh (Blessington) Stirling (United Auctions) Northern Ireland Branch (Evening Sale at Ballymena Livestock Market) Four Nations Collective In Lamb Sale (Carlisle) Baileys Production Sale (Batterstown, Co. Meath) Dark Diamonds Sale (Carlisle)

29th January 19th May 3rd June 9th June 16th June 20th June 6th July

13th - 15th May 12th - 14th June 18th - 21st June 13th June 20th June 14th - 16th July 20th - 23rd July 22nd - 24th September

24th October 6th November 7th November 7th November 7th November 14th November 16th November 20th November 28th November 4th December 199


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